Example:   [Collected via e-mail, October 2012]
This family needs all the prayer, encouragement and support they can get. That can't happen without people like you. Friends like you. Please follow this story. Share this story. Please put them on your church prayer list. Please join us in this journey as God creates an amazing testimony of "Bringing Home the Browns".
Origins: The "Bringing Home the Browns" page on Facebook tells the sad tale of Sean Brown, a Gladewater, Texas, police officer who left for Afghanistan in May 2012 to serve with the U.S. Army Reserves while his wife, Heather Brown, was about five months pregnant. On
On 20 October 2012, residents of the Browns' hometown "turned Gladewater yellow" as a show of support for the family:
As friends and family of the Gladewater police officer continue to post the ribbons at their homes or on their clothing, people from across the nation are donning yellow ribbons in solidarity, as well.
The yellow ribbons [Heather] tied to trees outside their Gladewater home — which she intended to display until his safe return from the war — remain displayed as Sean Brown prays for his wife to fully recover and come home from the hospital.
The yellow ribbon has been adopted by friends, family and caring strangers as word of the couple's situation spreads across social media. The symbol of support for the Browns has been placed on trees, cars, Facebook profile pictures and mailboxes, from Gladewater to Utah and
All proceeds of Saturday’s event went to the "Heather and John Brown Fund" at Austin Bank.
"Sean and John need some time together," she said. "It would be wonderful if the funds were there for Sean and John, so Sean didn't have to go to work immediately."
The main request of the family is prayer.
"I am not expecting donations. What I am asking for is prayer and positive thoughts," Sean Brown said. "Family and the church community — they are the main mental foundations that I have had to lean to during this time ... I have had nowhere else to go but family, friends and the Lord."
Last updated: 24 October 2012
Yeakely, Richard. "Tribute to Gladewater Soldier on Tour Turns Into Vigil for Hospitalized Wife." Longview News-Journal. 30 September 2012. Yeakely, Richard. "Community Goes Yellow to Support Brown Family." Longview News-Journal. 22 October 2012.