The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 17, 2013

Scarves promote anti-bullying message

Enid News & Eagle

— Enid’s CrossWalk United Church of Christ began its “Make a Mission” evenings back on Feb. 13.

The first project was to create Rainbow Scarves by meeting together two times a month. Nicki Bradford and Diana Gritz worked with volunteers by teaching them to crochet, knit or weave a scarf. Volunteers Linda Whitley, Belinda Hannick, Radell Stone, Lynne Bussell, Nicki Bradford and Diana Gritz have created scarves that are 4 to 6 inches wide and 60 inches long.

The scarves are a bright and visible symbol of taking an action against violence.

“(It is) a colorful, symbolic move to stem the tide of violence –– most notably, the recent wave of bullying,” Bussell said. “There are some people who are just so full of hate and insecurities that they look for other people to pick on to make themselves feel better.

“It’s not even about you.”

CrossWalk United Church of Christ will share the Rainbow Scarves with anyone who makes a commitment to act against bullying in the community on Saturday at Enid Pride. Each recipient will be asked to sign a pledge against bullying and will receive a business card with the pledge.

CrossWalk presented the first Rainbow Scarf to pastor J.F. Wickey.

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