Today I am not going to talk about gun control, mental diseases or any other political aspects of the tragedy that happened last Friday. These are important issues that need to be discussed and re-discussed and actions that need to be taken. But I cannot get past the 26 lives lost, the 20 children's faces, the parents, grandparents, children, brothers and sisters, spouses and friends that lost someone they love in the most unimaginable and horrific way. I wish I had a way to express the hole in my heart that I feel for these people. I want to reach out and give them a hug, whether symbolic or otherwise and just say. HEY, I am here.
I felt the same way with the devastation of Hurricane Sandy but we as a nation knew how to react to the devastation of the storm. Food was donated, clothes were gathered and supplies where sent. But what can we do to mend a broken heart? How can we send our love and support to those who lost the irreplaceable? An innocent, a child? Well here are two ways that you can help if you also feel the need. The first was brought to my attention from Andrea, who works in the Lynbrook Recreation Center. She has a friend who lived in Sandy Hook and shared this information with the public.
"This is Andrea from the Recreation Department. A dear friend of mine has children who attend Sandy Hook Elementary School and posted this last night. ***For those of you asking what can you do to help. Students from Sandy Hook Elementary will be relocated to another school. Please help the students have a Winter Wonderland at the new school.
Making and sending Snowflakes large and small is a great way for children and adults to do something together for the children of this community.
Get creative. No two snowflakes are alike."
Please send snowflakes by January,12, 2013 to
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514"
My Son and Myself Will be making snowflakes, and snowflakes and snowflakes!
tips on how to make a paper snowflake.
Coffee Filter Snowflakes
Another way to help is by sending a donation. A friend of mine Christina called to see how she could help out financially and she got this information.
"Tonight I put my twins to bed. I kissed them as I always do and then went to kiss my oldest. As I was in his room my precious D-Boy comes out and says my daughter wants you, she wants another hug and kiss. I went back into the room and she said, "Mommy, I started to cry because I wanted to give you a kiss but then "her brother" went and got you". Those are my twins - they look out for each other, they love each other they have been with each other from the beginning. My heart breaks for all the victims but I cannot let go of the story of Noah Pozner. He said his twin sister was his best friend. I called St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown earlier tonight. I am going to mail them a check. 100% of the money they collect will go to pay for funerals and help families financially.
If you want to send anything just write in the memo: Victim's family. There are no administration costs so this really will go directly to the families. It will be dispersed after January 1st. It seems so inconsequential but it is something. It is really all I can do. I also want to go forth with Random Acts of Kindness and hope people pay it forward. We need to put out "good" in this world. We have to make the "good" stand out more than the "evil" - especially for our children."
Please Send Donations to 46 Church Hill Rd, Newtown Ct 06470
Please write in the memo Victim's Family. There are no administration costs so it does go directly to the families. It will be given out after January 1st to the families affected by this tragedy.
I have yet to confirm this with the church, but will asap. If you would like to contact them on your own before sending a donation you can email them or call one of these numbers
Rectory Office (202)-426-1014 (202)-426-1014
Parish Center (203) 426-2572
Parish Fax (203) 426-6222
If you are having difficulties answering questions or talking to your children about this incident please check out PBS,they have an excellent page for tips on how to help children feel safe.
I know that no matter what we do, we cannot give back what was taken to those parents, and families. Sometimes when you do good things, good things happen because of it, so no matter how small it is, I will spread good. I will try and help these people in anyway that I can, most importantly I will always hold my family close. I hope that you guys will do the same!
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