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Kim Johnson reportingThousands of people have given of their time to look for Brennan Hawkins. But there are many who say they've felt frustrated that they could not be in the mountains helping. They've thought of another way to help the family.
They're still holding out hope that 11-year-old Brennan is going to come home, and whenever the Hawkins family comes back to Bountiful, they want them to see yellow ribbons from the time they exit the interstate, until they reach their doorstep.
Brennan Hawkins' friends, neighbors, teachers, and schoolmates met on the grounds of the neighborhood elementary school Monday evening. Then they spread out, tying yellow ribbons on fences, on tree branches, even in basketball hoops.
Kirsten Wilson helped organize the effort. "This is all I could think of," she says. "Let's get our kids together and tie ribbons around trees, and show the family that we just support them."
In addition to ribbons, volunteers posted posters with Brennan's photo on it. His neighbors say they appreciate the chance to do something to help.
"I wish like anything I could be up on that mountain and I can't be because I have health issues that don't let me be up there hiking," says Laura Pendleton. "So I'm going to do anything I can from down here."
They hope the day comes soon that Brennan can see their welcome home present.
Brennan's friend Richard Davis says, "I just went over to Muir in Bountiful this last year and he's always been in my class. We've just been really good friends."
People can download fliers from Brennan's website at www.findbrennan.org.