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Community Comes Together to Support Survivors & Families Through Art


On Saturday, April 17, the Lotus community came together to show their creativity and support survivors in a card-making event. The “drop-in” style event allowed volunteers to write and decorate nearly 150 letters of support for survivors, children, and families at the Lotus campus in Paducah.

Cards with messages of support for survivors in a metal tub

A few of the cards created by Lotus supporters at the card-making event.

Shared Values in Action

Participants enjoyed the peaceful and therapeutic outdoor sanctuary at Lotus as they created their cards. While physically distanced and wearing masks, this event was special because it was the first in-person event Lotus has held on-campus since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year.

Lotus community outreach & engagement specialist, Caroline Glynn Neal, said the event helped invoke shared values while providing an accessible way to get involved in Lotus’ mission to support survivors, strengthen families, and empower communities.

“Through the card-making event, we were able to see our values of resilience, empowerment, diversity, equity, and inclusion take shape through the heartfelt messages and artwork created by those who attended,” said Caroline. “The creative act of making a card has a tremendous impact by showing survivors, children, and families that the community supports them.”

Empowering Communities

More than 30 community members attended, including a youth group from Immanuel Baptist Church, as well as volunteers and Murray State University students.

Charity League members Megan and Lindsey shared why they came to support survivors, children, and families.

“Charity League supports other organizations in the area that focus on women and children,” said Lindsey. “I decided to come to this event because I drive by Lotus a lot and have always been curious about learning more about the organization and seeing the facility. We love being able to give back in any way that we can!”

More Ways to Get Involved

Every community member has a chance to do their part in creating opportunities for survivors and families to hope, heal, and grow.

“Whether we start by making a card or by taking action in other ways, each of us has the opportunity to make the everyday choices reflected in our attitudes, words, and behaviors which promote safety and communicate intolerance for violence,” said Caroline Glynn Neal.
To view upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, visit our events page.

Sarah is a community impact intern at Lotus. She is a junior at Murray State studying organizational communication and is passionate about working in the nonprofit sector one day.


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