Mom's initiative gets allergen signs placed at parks

Jennifer Warren had the idea to put food allergy warning signs at Traverse City parks after reading about a Minnesota woman who did the same.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A Traverse City mom's work has come to fruition at some Traverse City parks.

Jennifer Warren has a daughter with severe food allergies. After reading an article about a Minnesota woman who got food allergy warning signs put at public parks, she wanted to see the same thing done in her hometown.

Warren has had to rush her daughter to the emergency room in the past for allergic reactions that were sustained in public places.

"It got me thinking about how we can prevent that kind of cross-contamination," Warren said. "Because every time we go a park, it's constant wiping down hands and keeping eyes out on other kids."

Warren contacted the Traverse City Parks & Recreation Department, and they were in full support of the idea. Then, she raised more 1,000 on a GoFundMe page in under 24 hours to fund the signage.

The first sign was put at Bryant Park last week, and eight more signs will be placed at other parks around Traverse City soon.

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