Since hearing the breaking news on Friday, a part of my heart and thoughts have continually been in Connecticut–the community, the families, the teachers, and those sweet little ones. My heart is heavy. The tears have flowed easily. Between having been a teacher and having a child just about the same age as those lost, I’ve not felt this sense of grief over a national tragedy since September 11th. I have no good words, yet have felt compelled to do something. If you’re feeling the same way, here are a few ideas:
- Thank a teacher! I had been struggling with what to post. Nothing felt right. And, then a facebook post came through my feed about Thank a Teacher Day and it struck a cord! Big Brother and I made gingerbread men ornaments as a thank you to his Kindergarten teachers to take to school today. Whether it’s a simple note or a fun gift, a message of thanks will be especially meaningful to teachers this week.
- Donate to the Newton families affected. If you’re interested, here are a couple of options:
- The United Way of Western Connecticut has set up a fund to directly assist those affected by the devastating events in Sandy Hook.
- The Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund was started by a former Sandy Hook Elementary student to gather support for the victims, families, and all others affected locally by the tragic shooting on Dec 14th, 2012.
- Random acts of kindness. Sadly, there will always be evil in this world, but I believe that we can do better as a nation. Be kinder. Show more compassion and less judgment. Be loving. Be the light. Be the good. And, look for the good in others.
.”When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’. To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers– so many caring people in this world.” -Fred Rogers
So, I’m leaving you today with this message…
Continued thoughts and prayers to all of those affected…