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Lafayette Business collecting protesters' signs to create a display

Rickey Meche's Donut King on East Willow Street
Posted at 7:03 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 09:09:20-04

A Lafayette business owner is calling on anyone who attended Sunday's protest to drop off your signs, no matter the size.

"We have these big events, and we have all this passion, and then it goes away," said Blaine Peltier.

After seeing the streets of Lafayette filled with protesters coming together peacefully, the owner of Rickey Meche's Donut King says he wants to keep the momentum going. With the vision in place, he says he needs the community's help to get it done.

"We need the signs. I don't want to have to make them, that kind of takes away the point. I want authentic relics from that day," said Peltier.

The goal is to collect as many signs as possible and put them on display for all of Lafayette to see.

"As many as we can, hundreds if we can and post them like yard signs or campaign signs next door in a garden," said Peltier.

An initiative by one manager is now catching a lot of buzz on social media.

"I was most surprised by how positive the reaction was because I've done things like this in the past, and they tend to divide people and go both ways. That's certainly not the case here," said Peltier.

It was the type of reaction that convinced the local business owner he was doing the right thing.

"I think it's going to be something for anyone who participates in driving by or seeing online and being proud of it. So I hope people show up," said Peltier.

The manager is asking the signs to be donated during business hours, and he will provide a free donut for your generosity. The current hours are listed on the company's Facebook.