Betsy Larrabee has placed her order for 50 trilingual signs that welcome neighbors of all nationalities to Longmont, and they may soon start showing up in yards around town.
The signs have been making the rounds online and originate with Immanuel Mennonite Church in Virginia. The signs say, "No matter where you are from, we're glad you're our neighbor" in three different languages.
Larrabee said she saw the sign on Facebook and wanted one because she felt it was a more productive statement against President Donald Trump's administration than someone else posting #NotMyPresident on the social media site.
"It's funny because I don't like Donald Trump. I didn't vote for him and I don't agree with any of his politics short of vaccinating," said Larrabee, who is a 30-year-old mother of three. "But he is our president. It's super unfortunate and I understand the intention, but it's a bit like my toddler throwing a tantrum and me saying, 'Not my kid.'"
Larrabee checked with local printers and found that the price of one sign for her was about $27 but the price would drop if she could order them in bulk. She also put out the call on social media — on Facebook and the neighborhood networking website NextDoor.
"I just thought, 'There has got to be 50 people who want a sign.' It doesn't seem like that much," Larrabee said. "Especially in Boulder County."
Larrabee said Tuesday that she placed her order with Ron's Printing for 50 signs because she got about 25 requests and she figured people will want the remaining 24 or so when people find out that they're available. Larrabee can be reached about the signs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larrabee said she agrees with the sign's message and likes that the church printed it in Spanish, English and Arabic. She said that she disagrees with immigration measures the Trump Administration has taken since Friday and wanted to reassure immigrants in Longmont.
"I'm all for protecting our country and that bad people need to stay out, but think that it's a good message to people who are in desperate need of hope to offer a welcome," Larrabee said