WHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — Dozens gathered in Dorchester Park today for the annual ‘Wings of Hope’ walk in honor of Suicide Awareness Month.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, participants were encouraged to come to the park any time from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to complete the four-mile walk.
They were also given the opportunity to release a butterfly in remembrance of a loved one who has taken their own life.
Jessica Hobart of Candor says she came to the walk with her family to honor the memory of her sister who died this spring, and to spread an important message for anyone who is struggling.
“Please ask for help. A family member, a friend, a teacher, a coworker, anybody. You’d be surprised who cares and who will help you through your situation,” she said.
Organizers say while the event had to be scaled back due to COVID-19, they hope to hold the full-scale event again next year.