This journey started with the common gesture of placing a blue ribbon on both of the front porches, showing support for Law Enforcement.
The ribbons certainly spoke for themselves, but the members of the family owned funeral home realized there was more that could be done. The staff wanted to provide a way for community members to carry a public display of support for members of law enforcement with them on a daily basis. Several suggestions were made to look into the popular wristband/bracelet idea, allowing the public to display support on his or her wrist for everyone to see. After much anticipation, the officer support wristbands (black with a thin blue line in the middle) finally arrived. The funeral home then posted about the opportunity to show support on its Facebook page. “Showing support for our officers. Come by our Jones-Wynn Funeral Home Villa Rica Chapel to get your free wristband to show your support….Please share this post. #LoveMore”. Before the end of the first day, they ran out of the officer support wristbands. They were all given out to members of the community. In fact, the order of wristbands were gone before the funeral home’s second order arrived.
What happened next was beyond anything the members of the Jones-Wynn Family could imagine. The shipment that was originally delayed for 7 days unexpectedly (and pleasantly) arrived a couple of days early on Saturday. That Saturday afternoon the funeral home posted this on their Facebook page, “Monday morning at 9 AM both Villa Rica & Douglas Chapels will have more officer support wristbands. Please come by and get yours to show support to our officers. Jones-Wynn Funeral Homes are giving these wristbands away (for free) to show support. Please share this post! Come by and get yours and some for your friends. #LoveMore”
As they unlocked the doors to the funeral home Monday morning, members of the community were waiting, in appreciation, for the wristbands. Between the hours of 9am and 5pm on Monday August 23rd the Jones-Wynn Family had given out around 2,000 officer support wristbands. One member of the community expressed to the funeral homes, “Thank you to the Jones-Wynn Family for being a #FamilyServingFamilies and for helping bring our community together again.” Another person added, “Thanks for bringing our community together, as it should be, and in such a sincere and unique way.”
Dana Jones Wynn stated, “It’s a humbling feeling to take a leap of faith and have the community back us with their support 100%. It’s an overwhelming feeling and blessing to connect with our community in such a positive way.” She continues, “Funeral Service truly takes more than one person. To offer the care families need during the death of a loved one is the true ideal that we embrace as a family serving families. Each member of our Jones-Wynn Family is such a blessing to not only us, but to others, and to the families we serve. What started as a vision to encourage has turned into a positive and refreshing movement in our communities. As we shared on social media, we are deeply touched and humbled that so many have joined us in showing support. It’s about officers, their families, and our community. Our heart’s desire is also to be reflective of our heart’s mission in funeral service.”
“Our heart’s desire is that each and every one in law enforcement and their families see this amazing outpouring of support and understand how much they are appreciated by not only our funeral home family, but also the community” stated Ken Duncan of Jones-Wynn Funeral Home.
The members of Jones-Wynn Funeral Homes work alongside law enforcement offers daily as they still lead our funeral service processions to their final resting place. As often as possible our law enforcement officers still offer this service, which can also be dangerous. These officers protect our community and provide services that are often unknown and unmentioned. These officers risk their lives daily for others. They honor not only fallen officers, but also members of the community who have passed away. You can often times find these officers attending career days and spending time with the children in our community. They help children in need at Christmas time with their “Shop with a Cop” program and never expect a pat on the back. There are countless other ways these men and women provide assistance and protect us and our communities. The Jones-Wynn Family is blessed to help take action in showing support for local officers, also known as the community’s local heroes.
Jones-Wynn Funeral Homes & Crematory will continue to offer these unique officer support wristbands. Due to the overwhelming response they will keep everyone posted on their Facebook (www.facebook.com/Jones.Wynn.F uneral.Home), Instagram (jwfhc), and twitter page (@jwfh1950) as to when their next shipment arrives.