Rockford flower bed serves as ‘a beacon for those who are struggling’

Greg Stevens
Megan Pease of Rockford, seen here on Saturday, July 16, 2022, kneels next to the flower bed she designed and planted spelling out the new suicide & crisis hotline number 988 on Auburn Street near Cumberland Street in Rockford.

ROCKFORD — A flower bed planted in the city’s Churchill’s Grove community is designed to provide as an inventive message of hope for people dealing with a psychological wellness disaster.

Bouquets that spell out “988”, the newly founded nationwide Suicide & Disaster Lifeline, can be considered in a 12-by-4 foot display on the southwest corner of Auburn and Cumberland streets.

“We want this flower mattress to be a beacon for all those who are struggling and a dialogue starter for everybody else,” Friends of Veterans Memorial Circle co-chair Helen Karakoudas Redfern claimed in a information release.

Good friends of Veterans Memorial Circle is a volunteer team that has been planting flowers in and all-around the roundabout at North Main & Auburn streets.

Additional news:Volunteers do the job to make Veterans Memorial Circle a fitting tribute

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