Macon couple aims to spread peace after recent violent crime
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Macon couple is working to spread peace throughout the community after a wave of violent crimes in Macon-Bibb County.
L.J. Malone and his fiance, Ariel Woodford started the campaign, #MaconPeace as a way to combat negativity in the area.
“As many things, ‘oh the killings, oh people are bad’. We wanted to put some positive things out there. That’s where Macon Peace originated from and that’s the type of energy we’re trying to put out there,” said Malone.
Both Macon natives say they have seen violence throughout the community for years, but it has gotten worse.
“It is disheartening,” said Malone. “It does bother me a whole lot, but at the same time, I’m more motivated for change than I am for feeling bad about what’s going on.”
Malone and Woodford believe the root of the problem is the lack of love.
“That’s what a lot of kids are missing,” said Woodford. “They’re missing fathers, they’re missing mothers. Mothers can be in the house with them every day, but not spending time with them everyday, the time that they need to spend with them.”
They share that love with their children and have stepped up to care for others, too. They’re hoping the rest of the community can lend a hand.
“We have a responsibility to eachother and if we see that we can be accountable for one another, then change is on the way,” said Malone.
The couple hopes the community will use the hashtag in posts with words of encouragement for others.
You can purchase a #MaconPeace shirt, by contacting Malone at (478) 718-1289.