ARAB, Ala. -- An idea to support local law enforcement is turning a city blue with the help of the community.
A very specific color of blue dots the city of Arab. Large, noticeable blue bows are fastened to doors, light poles, and anywhere else a bow could be tied on.
The idea behind them came from Marti Dickie. "The Lord just put it on my heart that we needed to do something to visibly show these police officers that we were thinking about them, and had them on our mind every day," she explains.
The life-long Arab resident started talking with a local florist about making the bows. The idea became a reality, and spread through the community. "People started messaging me on Facebook, commenting and asking 'how can I get one?'" Dickie says. The bows are five dollars each and can be bought at Buddy's Country Flowers in Arab. The proceeds will go to an account that will help Arab Police officers and their families in case of an emergency.
As quickly as the bows are made, they're gone.
"I think in this day and age it's outstanding because so many cities and states are having issues with law enforcement officers," Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston says. At the Arab Police Department, the community support shows. Countless dinners and lunches for the night and day shifts, gifts, signs, posters - the list of how Arab is showing officers support is endless. The bows just add to it.
"You have the individuals that are putting things out on their house, or their mailbox, or the poles here, or on the business doors. You really know that they are behind you and support what you do," Ralston says, "It's really nice to see that they appreciate what we do."
"These guys put their lives on the line for us every single day, and it makes me feel good that they can drive around town and see these blue ribbons and know that we really are thinking about them and appreciate them," Dickie says.