October 10, 2012

The power of purple

By Michael Johnson, Editor

The idea of having the community of Washburn filled with purple lights has Jenell Olson, executive director of the McLean Family Resource Center, filled with excitement. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the McLean Family Resource Center is asking businesses in Washburn to put a light in their window to show support for ending domestic violence in our community. “Can you imagine the message it will send?” Olson asked. It’s a wonderful thought, to think that creating enough awareness could significantly reduce and provide support to those who suffer from domestic violence. The “Light in the Window” campaign was started by the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence Public Awareness Advisory Committee, according to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. It signifies community solidarity toward ending domestic violence across the state by organizing a widespread display of purple-lit electric candles. The light in the window really says a lot, Olson said.


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