As part of its ongoing Ribbons for a Reason initiative, Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church is planning a commemorative event to continue bringing awareness to the nation’s rampant gun violence problem. the Savannah church’s program, originally launched in July, has been building momentum thanks to the support of other area organizations, groups and activists committed to ending the senseless bloodshed.
Ribbons for a Reason recently gained another notable and prominent partner in Mothers Demand Action (MDA). They’ll pool their resources and come together at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, to remember shooting victims who died unnecessarily, demand action from legislators to end this startling epidemic and encourage others to take up this worthy cause.
The observance, which falls on the same weekend as many other Mothers Demand Action events being held across the nation, will be in the church courtyard at 1008 E. Henry St. In the event of inclement weather, the proceedings will move inside the fellowship hall.
The event will feature messages from community leaders including Asbury Memorial’s Minister Billy Hester, prayer, fellowship, and the recitation of Chatham County gun violence victims’ names represented by the orange ribbons at the church. Asbury’s Ribbons for a Reason initiative was started earlier this year to remember Chatham County shooting victims. Each time another citizen is senselessly robbed of his or her life, the church affixes orange ribbons to its courtyard fence on Henry Street. Children and adolescents who have died are represented with a lighter shade of orange ribbon.
Asbury congregant Anne Allen Westbrook works closely with the local chapter of MDA.
“For years now, dialogues have centred on keeping firearms out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. We’re here to do what we can to bring these discussions to the forefront,” Hester said.