A few Logan County citizens, because of recent events, are spreading the love by organizing an evening that will bring people together no matter what race, religion, sex or social economic status they may be. A gathering of the human race, to love one another, support one another, and appreciate one another.
On Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Hampton Park in Russellville, “Unifying Logan” invites all citizens of our county to come out, and instead of dividing, come together as one.
Katy Whitford, Jae Allison and Ashley Wells feel we need this event to stand together in a day when so many fall apart. Everyday we are bombarded with national coverage of heartache and tragedy. Constant negativity affects us, impacting our small community. Unifying Logan is a chance to do something positive, utilizing citizens of Logan County as well as local law enforcement to say, “We’re in this together.”
This event will be used as a fundraiser as well. Proceeds from vendors, t-shirt sales, and a silent auction will be split with the Shop With a Cop program and the Giving Back Foundation. But mostly the event is a chance for our community to get ahead of the curve. To prove that we all can overcome the bad with good.
Whitford, who is in her early 20’s, said she is haunted by recent events in the world and our country. People being shot and killed, police being targeted, and the separation of human beings in the wake, caused her to want to do something.
“When all of the stuff began going on with shootings, watching people of all colors getting nervous on social media, I felt we needed to do something that would unite us and get us all together,” said Whitford. “Even better would be an event where people could bring their families, and we could get together as a community during a time of turmoil.”
Whitford quickly made a page on Facebook to see if there was an interest in such an event, which there was.
“It’s important even though we have out differences that we remember we are all the same. We have the same emotions, the same love for our families and our friends, and when it comes down to it at the end of the day, we all want good lives. We need to build each other up instead of tearing each other down.”
Whitford said if you think what has been going on in the world can’t come here, you need to think again.
“We need to start unifying now and keep that from happening in our community,” Whitford said. “Starting with getting together and having dialog. Putting love before hate, and understanding other people of other backgrounds and culture.”
There will be keynote speakers during the Unify Logan event, touching base on love, respect and being one with each other. A prayer service will be held as well with local pastors. Law enforcement will be involved to show their support.
“I love this community and I was raised to know that each generation should make a difference,” said Whitford. “It is time to make that difference. I want to assure people feel safe in this community and know we are there for one another despite the color of our skin.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event or want to know more information, please contact Whitford at 270-847-1450.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.