Route 91 Ribbons

Taft community unites in orange to honor those who sacrificed their lives

Bakersfield, Calif. - In the days and weeks following the Las Vegas shooting - people across Kern County continue to find ways to honor the victims. 

This week in Taft, an idea was born, and community members are wearing it on their sleeves. 

Route 91 ribbons - just an idea one week ago, has quickly become a community endeavor. 

The Barrett family lives in Taft but they, like many, found a deep and local connection to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.  

Jeff and Mystie Barrett - coaches for the Wildcatters Cheer Team in Taft - had friends at the Route 91 Harvest Festival that night.

"A truck drove by and [our friend] put his wife in the truck and sent her to safety. And he stayed to help. There were thousands of people that did that. I just can't imagine being in that situation and so this is to honor them. The ones that stayed the ones that were injured and the ones that stepped up," Mystie said. 

"We've already handed out 350 [ribbons]. We're going to hand out 585 - that's how many victims and people lost their lives and then after that we're going to charge 91 cents and the proceeds will go to the Kelsey Meadows Foundation for Taft High," said Jeff Barrett.  

Mystie says, she wants anyone affected by this tragedy to know that these ribbons are in honor and memory of them. 

Click here to order the ribbons online.

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