Wristbands to fund Gabe Zimmerman scholarship

Turquoise rubber wristbands are being sold by interns in the Tucson, Ariz., office of injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) to raise funds for a scholarship in honor of slain Giffords staffer Gabe Zimmerman. 

Intern Ryan Pont told Tucson’s KTAR that the bracelets are turquoise because it’s Giffords’s favorite color. Inscribed on each band is “Peace, Love, Gabby” in the form of a peace sign, a heart and Giffords’s nickname spelled out. The rubber bands cost $1 each.

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A former social worker, Zimmerman served as Giffords’s community outreach director. The scholarship will support students pursuing degrees in social work. 

Tens of thousands of the bracelets have been sold in Arizona, although there’s no word yet whether they’ll be available in Washington. 

Zimmerman was one of six killed in the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson.