Anna Maria Island Woman Remembers All Lost to COVID with Colorful Ribbons. She Will Display the Chain Next Week at the Beach and Needs 90 Volunteers to Help
It is colorful, beautiful, but also a stark reminder of all the people we have lost from COVID-19.
Stretched outside Cathy Tobias' Anna Maria Island home, is a rainbow of ribbons.. that is reminder of the coronavirus pandemic and those we have lost.
It started with one ribbon and here we are. Each RIBBON represent a human life and each human life is important," Cathy said.
More than 27,000 ribbons, many bearing the names of those lost to the virus. Each ribbon represents one life lost in the state of Florida from COVID-19.
Cathy started tying the ribbons by hand two and a half months ago.
She wanted to do something that would bring the community together, to grieve together, remember together and heal together.
She's been joined by others volunteering their time to the Covid Ribbon Memorial of Florida.
Next Tuesday, February 16th, they'll join together to display the memorial. It'll stretch out to nearly two and a half football fields in length at the beach. A moment of silence will be held.
Cathy plans on continuing the memorial, expanding their work to represent all lives lost from COVID-19 throughout the U.S.
Her hope is that people will find it healing.
The Covid Ribbon Memorial of Florida will be displayed on Anna Maria Beach on Next Tuesday, February 16th at 11 a.m.
Those who wish to participate will meet on the beach near the Sandbar Restaurant at 100 Spring Street.
About 90 volunteers are needed to lift up the memorial.
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/CovidRibbonMemorial