Sussex County is going purple in September in a community effort to end substance abuse in the community and beyond.

Sussex Goes Purple is substance abuse awareness initiative of the Sussex County Health Coalition with support from the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Highmark and the three hospitals in the community.

The project is based upon Project Purple, an initiative of The Herren Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation established by former NBA basketball player Chris Herren, which assists individuals and families facing addiction. Herron is a motivational speaker, author and sobriety advocate who assists individuals and families struggling with addiction through treatment navigation, education and mentoring.

“Rebound: The Chris Herren Story,” a presentation featuring Herren, is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Road, Georgetown. Seating is limited, so attendees should arrive no later than 6:45 p.m.

The next day, Herren will address local students at two assemblies, first in the morning for Seaford High School students, and then in the afternoon for Seaford Middle School students.

The Herren Project’s Project Purple initiative’s goals are to create awareness and educate the public on the epidemic of substance abuse while encouraging teens and people of all ages to make positive decisions and stand up to drugs and alcohol.

By going purple, the community can make a difference, celebrating life and supporting one another. The effort is looking to local businesses, churches and community members to help turn the community purple beginning Sept. 11. Some ideas include purple lights, purple water fountains, purple flowers and purple ice cream. Share ideas with the hashtag #SussexGoesPurple.

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