Nearly a week after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut I know many of us are still struggling to find a way, however small, to help Sandy Hook Elementary School and their community. I do not have any answers about the senseless losses or even solutions to offer. Now is simply the time for healing and support for a shattered community in our nation.
I hesitated to touch this story in any manner because I feel unqualified to offer advice. But I realized we can all contribute in our own small ways. I started by making a donation and creating snowflakes to send, but felt the need to do more. Then it occurred to me that I am fortunate to be in the position to have a dedicated following here on the blog, and could utilize this exposure as a way to help spread the word about the following efforts. I have collected some small ways we can reach out and offer help, support and hope. I hope you will consider joining me.
Ways to Help The Sandy Hook Community
A few funds have been created that you can contribute to, either on-line via PayPal or by sending a check. This is a list of the funds I have found, which serve to alleviate financial burdens faced by the victim’s families and provide support for the entire affected community.
The Sandy Hook Fund – Created by the Connecticut PTSA, to support the ongoing needs of the community.
Newtown Memorial Fund – A fund created to establish scholarships in the victim’s names.
Newtown Parent Connection – Donations directly benefits affected families.
The Connecticut PTSA is collecting snowflakes to create a “Winter Wonderland” for the students of Sandy Hook when they return to class at their new school building. We made and decorated paper snowflakes with my son and some of his neighborhood friends. I gave the very simple explanation that some kids in Connecticut were sad and we were going to try to make them a little happier. The oldest boy is 9 and shared that he knew what happened and asked me to help him spell “sorry for your loss” on one of the snowflakes. This typically feisty group of boys were very sincere and cooperative in completing the project and we now have a nice collection of snowflakes to send.
Send snowflakes to: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.
A teacher and fellow blogger Julie Meyers Pron created “Thank a Teacher Day” in loving memory of the victims at Sandy Hook, including the heroic teachers. Let your child’s teacher or an educator in your life know how grateful you are for the invaluable service they provide in educating, caring for and protecting our children.
Kristine Brite McCormick of Cora’s story offers some excellent words of wisdom for reaching out to a grieving parent. You can send cards to the families using this address: Sandy Hook Elementary School, 12 Dickerson Drive, Sandy Hook, CT 06482.
Honor the memory of those lost by remembering them and considering their legacy in your daily actions. Consider performing random acts of kindness this Holiday season and throughout the year in their honor.
My continued thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected in the Sandy Hook tragedy. My Christmas wish for everyone is for hope, peace and safety. If you have any ideas to offer for ways to help the community of Newtown or know of any organized efforts, please share them in the comments below.