Seymour Pinks aims to show community ‘will get through this together’
SEYMOUR — Bringing comfort and hope for better days ahead has been Seymour Pink’s mantra for more than a decade.
And during these challenging times, organizers of the town’s initiative to fight breast cancer are turning their attention to the coronavirus pandemic.
Even though people are supposed to be practicing social distancing, Seymour Pink founder Mary Deming wants to unite the Valley community with a message of hope. She came up with an idea, inspired by something she saw on the news, to create free lawn signs as a way to help the community pull together during this time of uncertainty.
Deming said her fellow Seymour Pink members were onboard “200 percent.” She contacted a local business, Grand Concepts, which quickly brought Seymour’s Pink vision to life. The signs boast the inspirational words, “We Will Get Through This Together,” surrounded by outstretched hands with a heart on each, reaching toward hope.
“I think it’s human nature that in difficult times, we all search for a way to ease the stress, lift the burdens and bring comfort and hope to all of us,” Deming said. “I thought lawn signs would be a great way to visually lift all of us up during this incredibly difficult time. Even though we can’t gather together, we can be together in spirit.”
The lawn signs are being offered free, on a first come, first served basis to Valley residents, although donations to Seymour Pink will be accepted, according to Deming. Delivery of the signs will begin this week, with volunteers placing the signs on people’s front lawns, while respecting social distancing guidelines. Those who live outside the Valley towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton can request a sign, as well, and Deming said information about a safe pick-up location will be determined.
Deming said the signs are being made possible thanks to an anonymous donor, to whom she said she is especially grateful. She also noted how the community has been generous in its support of Seymour Pink over the years, and that giving back in this small way was a no-brainer.
“So many times our nonprofit organization has gone to this community for support of so many fundraisers, and they have never said no to us,” Deming said. “We thought this was a way of giving back hope to a community that always brings us hope in our fight against breast cancer. This is not about Seymour Pink; this is about giving back to a community that has never said no to us. It’s time for us to give them the hope and promise that we need to know we will get through this together.”
Deming said since she initially posted the information about the lawn signs on Seymour Pink’s Facebook page last Friday, she received some 200 requests for them, and already is placing additional orders to have more signs made.
“This is a time for us to live our logo, a community united in the fight against breast cancer,” Deming added. “But this time we are united in the fight against this virus.”
Those interested in reserving a lawn sign can contact Seymour Pink by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.