Spread The Light Kick-Off Honors Law Enforcement

  • 1/4/2018 4:31:53 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH- Beginning with a kick-off on January 7, at 5:00 PM at Graham Automall on W 4th St, the week of January 7th through 13th is "Spread the Light" week.

“Spread the Light 2018” is a blue-light week to promote pride in our local law enforcement, partnership in all communities of Richland County and peace in our neighborhoods.

Help “Spread the Light” by putting a blue light bulb on your porch or business during the week of January 7-13, 2018 and beyond to show support for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve the citizens of Richland County.

Richland County “Spread the Light” began in 2016 and is a localized approach to Project Blue Light which originated in 1988 in Philadelphia when a relative of a fallen police officer placed a memorial blue light in a window along with other seasonal decorations. Its intent was to show others that they are not alone in their loss and to remember the officer who died. The concept has caught on nationwide. In 2015, a former Virginia policeman created National Blue Light Week to start something positive for law enforcement.

In addition to the kick-off, there will be week-long activities to celebrate the week:

  • January 8 – 'Coffee with a Cop.' The community is invited to have a free cup of coffee with a law enforcement officer in their town.
  • January 9 – The Police Wives will provide a dinner for area law enforcement.
  • January 10 – The Spread the Light committee will travel to the Ohio Statehouse to talk to legislators about Spread the Light and initiatives to bridge police and community relations.
  • January 11 – 'Cops & Kids.' Area law enforcement will be at the Friendly House at 380 North Mulberry St. for games and dodgeball with the police.
  • January 12 – 'Spread the Light Among Rivals.' Spread the Light committee members will be at Mansfield Senior High School for the Mansfield Senior High vs. Madison Comprehensive Varsity Boys basketball game to pass out blue bracelets to the community and talk about the Spread the Light message.
  • January 13 – Law enforcement officials can go to the Ocie Hill Neighborhood Center at 445 Bowman St. for a free dinner provided by Richland Outreach Center.

For more information, visit the Spread the Light Facebook page at facebook.com/spreadthelight2018

We ACT is also accepting donations for Spread the Light and future community events. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made at any local Key Bank branch or by contacting We ACT Co-Founders, Brigitte Coles or Angel Ross-Taylor at 419-610-6915 or [email protected]

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