MARK HINDS with his wife, Gail.

Friends and supporters of rural West Plains farmer Mark Hinds are rallying to welcome him home Friday and Saturday after months of recovery from a life-threatening brain injury he suffered on Thanksgiving Day in 2018.

Business owners and home owners are called upon to decorate their storefronts and yards with banners and posters with the phrase, “Welcome home, Mark Hinds!”

Green ribbons signifying traumatic brain injury are also John Deere green, said organizers, who ask everyone participating to tie ribbons around trees, signs, doors and mailboxes.

“Both efforts will welcome Mark Hinds Home with that hometown hospitality that we all know and love,” said organizers.

Decorations for Celebrations, 1416 Southern Hills Center, Suite C, is offering green ribbons for sale at cost, said organizers.

Hinds was cutting wood last Thanksgiving on his family farm on K Highway, when he suffered a traumatic brain injury that nearly cost him his life.

In February, a fundraiser held at Fairview School raised more than $160,000 to help pay his medical bills and support his family as he spent the next six months recovering in Denver.

Welcome committee members said Hinds is not ready to receive visitors right away, because he is still learning to handle stimulation.

“We think these signs and green ribbons will be a beautiful way to express our love and support in a gentle way,” they said.

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