Morinville Angel Ribbon Campaign launched after tragedy

– Photos by Lucie Roy

by Morinville News Staff

ribbonStuffed toys and flowers continue to line the scene of Saturday’s tragic drowning of a Morinville child in the Lakes subdivision.

On Monday night, street posts were adorned with pink and black ribbons as part of the Morinville Angel Ribbon Campaign, an initiative that started online with the Morinville Marvelous Moms Facebook page.

According to a post on the page, shared with Morinville News, Saturday’s tragedy joins the grief experienced by two Morinville boys who recently lost their mother.

“Our collective hearts ache, whether we are family, friends, neighbours or share the same community,” the post reads. “We all try to find reason, we grieve, we hug our loved ones so much closer, gaze at our children’s beautiful faces that much longer. We evaluate our lives and reaffirm what is truly important in this world. Each other.”

The post goes on to say many in the community have come forward to help in a variety of ways.

Residents are invited to join the Morinville Angel Ribbon Campaign by wrapping their trees and posts with black and pink ribbon to show support.

Starting Tuesday, lapel pins will be available for a cash donation at some Morinville business and the group says they will list the locations once pins are placed. The initiative is in partnership with The Father’s House church, who will handle the donation to assist with funeral costs, counselling, family support and money to be put in trust.

The Town of Morinville issued a statement to media Monday afternoon regarding Saturday’s tragedy.

“Our community has suffered a loss. The current focus is on the family, the first responders and others affected by this loss. With the support from AHS the Town was able to have a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team conduct a session with the first responders on July 26, 2015. The session included members from the Morinville Fire Department, AHS, off-duty Edmonton Fire Department members, STARS air ambulance attendants and Victim Services,” the release reads. “To show our support for the family and all those affected, the Town will be joining in the Morinville Angel Ribbon Campaign and wrapping trees and posts with Black and Pink ribbon.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family and everyone affected.

The Morinville News will continue to monitor the story and let our readers know locations where pins can be acquired.

Update 9:50 p.m. Monday – Lisa and Lloyd Bertschi of the Flower Stop and Gift Shop have told us residents can pick up remade pink bows at no charge starting at their shop late afternoon tomorrow.

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