- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2015
I’ve written a bit over the past day about the recent shooting at an Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Living only 20 minutes away from the school has effected me in ways I never thought possible, but the most prevalent feeling is a sense of helplessness. As badly as I want to help the families suffering tonight, I know in my heart that there is nothing I can do to give them back what they have lost.
So what can I do to help? What can anyone do to help? Read on to find out:
1. Another Bee (Cady) commented on a previous post I wrote to let people know that the UnitedWay has partnered with Newtown Savings Bank to create a Fund to benefit the families and victims of the shooting.Simply click the link to learn more:
2. Cady also let people know that the Red Cross is providing support for those people who have been effected by this tragedy. If you’d like to make a donation to assist them in offering counseling or emotional support, please click the following link:
3. For those people who would like to offer support in the form of a cuddly teddy bear, a group on facebook is looking to collect toys and school supplies to help the children who survived the attack. Their website has a list of drop off points, as well as paypal information and a shipping address for those who can’t make it to a drop off point.
4. Hold a Candlelight Vigil. Even if all you can do is light a candle or hold a flashlight in your kitchen for a moment. Any and all forms of support are welcome.
5. Write a letter of support. Whether its an email sent out to your loved ones, a post on facebook, a letter to your local newspaper, or an actual letter you send to the town simply writing a few words of support could help more than you can imagine.
6. Say a prayer. . . and if you aren’t religious, then think happy thoughts.
7. Live your lives to the fullest. Take chances when they are offered and never look back with regret. Fill your heart with love and allow yourself to be loved in return. Never forget to be thankful for each breath you take. Quite simply, live.
To all those who have offered their support to the state of Connecticut, you have my most sincere thanks. Please remember the families of the victims and continue to offer them your support in the days to come.