Today as I finish wrapping the gifts, filling the stockings, taking my kids for our annual Santa picture and bake another batch of cookies for my kids to eat I can’t help but think about all the Sandy Hook families who today are walking the journey of loss. Tonight I get to kiss my kids good night, tonight I get to place packages under the tree waiting for the excitement of Christmas day, tonight I get to read the Christmas story with my children one more time, one more year. These families instead are grieving their loss, searching for a new normal, wondering how they will face each new day with out their loved ones.
Maybe your like me and wondering what can you do for these families who are grieving the loss, for the fearful children who will be returning to their school come January, for the staff who need strength to carry on in their jobs as teachers and school administration.
Here are a few ways:
Snowflakes for Sandy Hook: When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers want to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible. Please help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school! Get Creative!! No two snowflakes are alike. Make and send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013. Read more here: http://www.ctpta.org/About-CT-PTA/SANDY-HOOK-FUND.html
Donate to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund has raised more than $73,750. The school PTA will administer the fund, which will provide counseling to survivors, pay for funeral expenses for victims, create a scholarship fund for the school’s students and fund a memorial. Donations: Newtown Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 596, Botsford, Conn. 06404 or http://newtownmemorialfund.org.
Donate to The United Way of Western Connecticut: This organization has established a Sandy Hook School Support Fund. You can mail donation checks to:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470
Or donate online at https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/
Sign the online national sympathy card on Causes.com got more than 1 million signers in less than 48 hours. The card, which will be delivered to community officials with all the signatures, says in part, “We cannot begin to comprehend the depth of your sadness and grief. Please know that we care deeply for you and we join with you in sharing your sorrow and pain. We only hope that you receive some measure of comfort in the knowledge that we, and an entire nation, stand with you during this extraordinarily difficult time.” To sign: http://www.causes.com/actions/1715318
The Olivia Act: If you are a photography, consider participating in The Olivia Act. It was named after one of the children killed in Newtown, Ct., and was started by a photographer who wishes to be anonymous. Olivia’s family had family pictures taken a short time before she was killed. Those pictures are precious and now priceless to them. Upon hearing this, this photographer was moved to give away a 30 minute family photo shoot and has challenged other photographers to do the same.
Send a letter/card – The US Postal Service has added a PO Box for those who wish to send letters of condolence to the residents of Newtown. Please address mail to: Message of Condolence, PO Box 3700, Newtown, CT 06470.
Project Linus, a nonprofit that brings comfort to children in crisis, has arranged to send more than 700 warm, cozy handmade blankets to children affected by this latest shooting, according to an email sent to The Huffington Post. Find out how you can get involved here.