An event dedicated to hope and healing will be held at a local church Wednesday evening to help cope with recent sudden losses in Juneau and also to commemorate the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.
Lindsey Kato, 23, the coordinator of the event, says attendees will be able to light candles at the church as well as write messages on ribbons that will tied to a “tree of hope.”
“We decided this was the perfect time to come together and support one another,” Kato said, referencing the school shooting in Connecticut, the deaths of the two Juneau brothers who died last month in a boating accident, and the death of the sole survivor of the accident a few days later.
“Mainly my hope for it is just to keep the community more connected and together after such tragedy,” Kato said.
The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Northern Light United Church, 400 West 11th Street.
Local faith leaders of different religions will be attending the event, as will city officials.
Families of all ages are invited to attend, Kato said. Refreshments will be served in the church hall.
The event is hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Juneau chapter, Juneau Alliance on Mental Health Inc., Juneau Youth Services, Juneau Public Health Center, Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.
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