Florist in Allentown exhibiting solidarity with Ukraine, one yard of ribbon at a time

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Identical to the remainder of us, Kathy Slane, proprietor of Michael Thomas Floral in Allentown, has been horrified by the warfare in Ukraine.

And to point out solidarity in a small method, she began giving out free yellow and blue ribbons.

“One thing was introduced up in reference to all of the yellow ribbons we made for Iraq and with that I believed all proper, yellow ribbons, however why do not we do yellow and blue to signify the Ukrainian flag,” Slane mentioned.

The Yellow Ribbon grew to become a nationwide image in 1981 once they had been used to welcome residence the U.S. hostages from Iran. Impressed, they are saying, by the 1973 hit track “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Ol’ Oak Tree.”

“I can do that in my sleep,” Slane mentioned.

She says she’s given out about 100 bows in every week.

“We’re via about eight spools of ribbon already they usually’re 100-yard spools,” Slane mentioned.

You may choose up ribbons without cost at Michael Thomas. You too can choose them up at Riverbend Group Church.

Slane is even handing them out in her driveway in Alburtis.

“I open up – – the again of my automotive – and simply began handing ribbons out,” she mentioned. “I’ve a woman who was a volunteer fighter hold them on the hearth station.”

She confirmed me methods to make a couple of as effectively.

She says she hopes it catches on all through the Lehigh Valley.

“I completely invite every other florist within the space to please take part,” Slane mentioned.

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