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British Columbians are jersey-clad for Humboldt

The B.C.-based movement to wear jerseys on Thursday in solidarity with the families of those affected by the Humboldt tragedy has spread throughout the country.

The B.C.-based movement to wear jerseys to support Humboldt has spread throughout the country

People gathered outside of Prospera Place in Kelowna in their jerseys to show support for the Humboldt Broncos. (@LiretteDominika/Twitter)

Jersey Day, according to the group of Langley, B.C.-based hockey moms who started the movement, was to show the families of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash victims they were not alone.

Jennifer Pinch, one of the moms who organized the day, said her group was thinking of ways to reach out to the families.

"[We thought] how can let them know in this really, really dark time that we were thinking of them? And it just went from there," Pinch said.

On Thursday, people from every corner of the province — and across the country — wore jerseys to work and school to show Canada was behind them.

The Humbolt Broncos acknowledged the mass demonstration Thursday in a simple tweet:

"Honestly, that's all we wanted. We just wanted them to know that us moms in Langley were thinking about them," Pinch said.

Jennifer Pinch, of the Langley Hockey Moms. (Zahra Premji/CBC)

Hazelle Flores, a Grade 12 student participating in Jersey Day, said the movement had taken off so far and wide because of what people feel for the victims.

"Everyone from everywhere no matter if you're in Canada or not, we're all hurting for them, and we want to show our support as much as we can. Even though I'm not exactly near them, I know it can happen to anybody and anybody's child or anybody's mom or dad."

Vancouver's Grant Lawrence is wearing his jersey for Humboldt. (@GrantLawrence/Twitter)
Parksville residents Monique Lawrence and her husband, Toby, don their jerseys in support of Humboldt. (Submitted by Monique Lawrence)

In addition to Jersey Day, there are a number of other local, grassroots events to honour the victims of the Humboldt tragedy.

A group of workers at ARC Resources in Dawson Creek supporting Humboldt Jersey Day. (Submitted by Stacey Pasicka-Rowan)

A number of vigils are being organized across the province for Thursday night, including one in Coquitlam where 2,000 people are expected to attend.

With files from Zahra Premji


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