Join the Fight Against Drugs
The Red Ribbon Campaign was organized in 1988 by the National Family Partnership (NFP) in honor of the 1985 murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kikki” Camarena, who was involved in making a difference in the war against drugs. The goal of the NFP is to present a unified and visible commitment toward a drug-free America. Today, this campaign is a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate citizens and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. It hopes to reach millions of children and families in the United States. The fight against drugs affects all – from grandparents to children. Many grandparents care enough to get involved!
Do you have grandchildren or great-grandchildren? What can you do to help your loved ones, friends, and associates fight the war against drugs?
Seven Ways You Can Get Involved
- Wear a red ribbon during the week of October 23-31, 2012.
- Communicate with your children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren about the problems related to drugs.
- Volunteer at local schools and help students plant red flower bulbs. In the spring the beautiful blooms will be a reminder of the importance of a drug-free life.
- Decorate your yard, senior care facility, and local community by tying red ribbons on tree branches, parking meters, park benches, fences, mailboxes, pet collars, and car antennas.
- Reward young people you see wearing red ribbons with red lollipops.
- Keep your medicines in a secure place. Do not unwittingly “share” your medicines.
- Hang a red ribbon wreath on your front door.
Get involved! You can make a difference in another person’s life. Spend time with young people during Red Ribbon Week – October 23-31, 2012. Encourage them to live safe, healthy, and drug-free lives. Your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and perhaps great-great-grandchildren will thank you!
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- Plant the Promise
- Win an IPad for your family and $1,000 for your local K-12 school. Enter the 2012 Red Ribbon Photo Contest!