WATERVILLE — A candlelight vigil for missing 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds will be at 4:30 p.m. today on the front steps of First Congregational Church United Church of Christ on Eustis Parkway.

It is being called the Vigil Of Hope For Ayla Reynolds and is being organized by the group Mainely Moms & Dads.

Participants are asked to bring a safe-burning candle and to dress warmly. There will be a prayer and a moment of silence for Ayla and her searchers. All are welcome to attend and to speak.

Mainely Moms & Dads founder and mother of two girls, Dana Bushee Hernandez, said she needed to do something to help Ayla and all the families in the community.

“We’re all so consumed by this story and our heart just aches for Ayla,” she said Tuesday. “We just had to do something.”

Mainely Moms & Dads was founded in 2007 as a support and social organization for parents in the Waterville and Augusta areas. They can be found on Facebook and MyMaineReason.com.

Hernandez said the vigil is open to all members of the community, regardless of religious preference.

“We all just want answers,” Hernandez said. “We all just want to feel like we are doing something positive to help Ayla and all the people who are working so hard to find her. That unites us all.”

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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