The Keeping Christmas Close to Home Committee will offer unique memorial wreaths to those wanting to publicly memorialize loved ones who have died.
The committee started the tradition at its all-day City Park event in 2016. Wreaths will be available for purchase through October and November for placement in the City Park for the holiday season.
"In the early morning hours, on a foggy day in May 2015, Kinda Pellino-Hinterlong's life changed forever," said Karen Ranger in an Oct. 9 news release. "That morning, her son Cody was taken much too soon from her. A mother's grief of a son gone remains ... a part of your heart gone."
Ranger said Pellino-Hinterlong wanted to memorialize Cody during the holiday and, along with her father Jim Pellino, came up with the idea to make memorial wreaths to allow the public to honor their loved ones as well.
The artificial wreaths are 20 inches in diameter with a red ribbon, donated by Flowers Plus, and a wooden yellow star with the name of the loved one. They cost $25 each and the deadline for orders is Monday, Nov. 18. A sample wreath is on display at Ace Hardware.
The wreaths will be on display until Jan. 5, 2020, after which their owners can pick them up at the park to keep.