Later this month, Ardmore is invited to come together and remember those who lost their lives to domestic violence, and those who are still living with it.
The Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma is organizing a candlelight vigil set for 6 p.m. on October 23. The event will be held in Central Park in Ardmore, provided the weather cooperates.
“This shows the community support, raises awareness for domestic abuse and pays respects to the victims and the ones who left alive,” outreach and education coordinator Lena Mosley said.
The community is invited to bring posters or signs to recognize loved ones. The Family Shelter will light tea light candles and conclude the vigil with a balloon release.
“In the past it’s been the [Carter County] domestic violence task force and us organizing it,” Mosley said. “They’re still a part of it, but not as much this year. We decided to do it on slightly short notice and we’re a little shorthanded, but the community loves it, so we’re glad to do it.”
Mosley said the shelter wasn’t sure if they would be able to hold the vigil again, but they decided to due to the outpouring of community support since they started holding the vigil regularly about 5 years ago.
The shelter is currently in need of more volunteers. The previous director stepped down last week, and an interim director is currently filling that role.
Mosley said the shelter handles so many different things that volunteers with pretty much any background, expertise or skill level can help out at the shelter in one way or another.
“If they are going to be volunteering with a client, they have to go through a background check and everything,” Mosley said. “But we have so many different tasks, so many different responsibilities that they don’t have to have any one skill.”