Operation Purple Balloon in memory of Maddie

by Monica on April 8, 2009

Purple balloons for maddie

Several people have been twittering and blogging today about how helpless we feel. We want to do something to show our support to Heather and Mike as they grieve the sudden loss of their precious daughter.

It's not much, but I do have a plan and I need your help. Purple is a meaningful color to them. I think it would be awesome (I did this when another friend lost her son to cancer a few years ago) if we all do a purple balloon release in sweet Maddie's memory. Here is what we do.

  • Purchase some helium-filled purple latex balloons–not mylar (please see environmentally-friendly guidelines for balloon releases).
  • Sometime this weekend…when the Jewish and Christian communities are celebrating HOPE and MIRACLES…take some friends/family/whatever outside to release the balloons and say a prayer for Heather and Mike.
  • IMPORTANT: Have someone take a picture of the release.
  • Send those digital images to me at peapodsquadmom at gmail dot com by Tuesday, April 14.
  • I will compile a video montage disc of those images to send to Heather and Mike…from all of us.
  • Questions? Please email me or Bridget at queenofhaddock at gmail dot com.

Please let folks know about this. And if anyone knows of songs/quotes/poems/verses that are special to them, let me know that too. I want those on the video. Thanks.

(photo by burningkarma)

UPDATED TO ADD: While purple is a significant color for the Spohr family, please know that if you've already photographed a balloon release with different colored balloons…it's FINE. Please don't fret. The very fact that you are doing something to support this sweet family is amazing. Color schmoler! Also, if you can't get your pics to me until Wednesday, that's also FINE. And yes, according to the link I provided above, latex balloon releases that follow these guidelines are considered environmentally safe.

I think that gets most of the questions I'm getting right now. Thanks y'all! It is my hope that this project will make Heather and Mike smile…even if through tears.

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