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Signs of support pop up in Western New York

Posted at 5:58 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 17:58:35-04

KENMORE, N.Y. (WKBW) — While the world continues to fight against COVID-19, Aine and Mark Leahey of Kenmore want Western New Yorkers to remember one thing.

“Buffalo is strong," Aine Leahey said.

For the last two weeks, Mark Leahey worked on this sign.

The newest staple on South Irving Terrace.

“Well Aine came up with the concept, she wanted to put a message out there on the front of the house. Something people would see," Mark Leahey said. "And I thought, yeah that’s a good idea. We should do that.”

The Laehey's say their goal was to inspire the community.

“There’s nothing we can do to actually help someone, so we thought maybe this could bring a little hope,” Aine said. And the family says at night the sign shines blue in honor of first responders.

Hanging wooden signs isn’t new for the Leahey household.

“We do it for Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Fourth of the July," Aine said.

“But this is really the first one that’s sending a message," Mark adds.

Aine says she chose this design because it highlights the global impact of this pandemic.

“It’s all over the world, it’s everywhere and its just so sad.” And she hopes the quote will tug on our heart strings.

Mark says he felt overwhelmed by the response, "..but that’s a good thing. That means people are seeing it,” he said.

Seeing it and showing support in a time when it’s needed the most.

“We’re all in it together and we’re gonna get threw it and come through stronger on the other side," Mark said.