XENIA — Family Violence Prevention Center of Greene County (FVPC) is inviting all community members to virtually tune in to its annual candlelight vigil on Monday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.
The vigil is going virtual this year — through Facebook — in an effort to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Each year, FVPC staff and community supporters spend the first Monday of October to mourn the losses and honor the lives of all victims and survivors. The vigil will help raise awareness of domestic violence in Greene County as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
To tune in on Facebook, individuals can first follow the Family Violence Prevention Center page and then click on the “Virtual Candlelight Vigil” event. The event will include local leaders offering their support and vocalist Ashley Foster singing “Invincible” by Kelly Clarkson.
Next the event will go live for the rest of the ceremony. Viewers are encouraged to have candles ready for their own personal experience while FVPC staff lead the candlelight moment.
A memorial candle display will be in view during the live portion of the event.
“If you have someone in your life that has been touched by domestic violence and you would like a candle lit in his or her honor or memory, please contact Harmony Thoma at 937-376-8526 and she will respectfully include your loved one,” FVPC officials said in a release. “You can also add your own name if you are the survivor and would like to receive the positive energy.”
The program will also include the “Clothesline Project” — a display of story-telling t-shirts created by service recipients of the center.
For more information about the event, call FVPC at 937-376-8526 or 937-426-6535