Owensboro resident and Green River Ombudsman Advisory Council member, Marla Carter, is raising awareness of the Hugs for the Holidays campaign and would love to see it spread throughout Kentucky. Hugs for the Holidays is a grassroots effort to show support for residents of long-term care facilities and their families this holiday season. Having already spent nearly 300 days without hugs or visits from their loved ones, these residents will spend this holiday season still separated from them. Hugs for the Holidays was started by an advocacy group in TN, and it’s taking off around the country. Individuals, businesses and churches are asked to display a bright pink bow or ribbon on their mailbox, porch, tree, or front door. You can buy a pre-made bow, make one yourself, or simply tie a pink ribbon around your tree. That pink bow is a reminder that while the rest of us are debating masks or lockdowns, we do still have a choice as to whether or not we go shopping, go to a restaurant, wear a mask, shake hands or hug someone. Residents of long-term care facilities do not have that choice. They will not have any visits or hugs this holiday season. Let’s show them and their families that we love them and we have not forgotten them! Go paint your towns pink for Christmas!