INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - As part of the national Wear Orange Weekend, Indiana’s chapter of Moms Demand Action held a virtual event to honor the lives of those affected by gun violence and to spread awareness about prevention.
Part of the event was making paper boxes for the national Soul Box Project which was started by Leslie Lee.
Each box represents a person killed or injured by gun violence.
The goal is to display the art installation on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
This year’s event is happening during nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd, a movement Moms Demand Actions strongly supports.
“We as Americans deserve to live in a world free from violence and particularly non-black people in the U.S. have to take a stand against white supremacy and racism,” said Tricia Owens from Indiana’s Chapter of Moms Demand Action.
This year's Wear Orange event was virtual to keep volunteers and families safe.
Wear Orange began after teenagers in Chicago wanted to honor their friend Hadiya Pendleton, 15, who was shot and killed just one week after performing in President Obama’s second inaugural parade in 2013. Orange was Hadiya’s favorite color.