‘Bridging the Community Gap’: Roanoke officials to come together for virtual ceremony to reduce violence

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Roanoke City will be holding a special virtual event, Bridging the Community Cap in hopes to help spread peace and joy throughout the Star City.

The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the City of Roanoke Christmas Tree in downtown Roanoke and will be live-streamed on Roanoke City’s Facebook page.

Bridging the Community Gap will include a focus on the efforts of the community through peaceful programs and initiatives to reduce violence by building relationships.

Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea and Vice Mayor Joe Cobb will be joined by other community members to share information on how this work is being done in collaboration with the Safer Neighborhoods Working Group of the Task Force to Reduce Gun Violence, Total Action for Progress and other community partners.

The event will also feature music, stories from those impacted by violence, community sharing of a Stop the Violence Pledge, a moment of silence, candle lighting and an interfaith prayer for peace.

Plus, citizens are being encouraged to donate books (new or used), as well as socks, gloves or canned goods to benefit those n need, and can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Virginia Career Works, 3601 Thirlane Road, Roanoke
  • Lancelot Sports Complex, 1110 Vinyard Road, Vinton
  • Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street, Suites 513 and 509, Roanoke

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