If there is a bright side to this story, it's the patriotism of the people (friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, clergy, & strangers alike) in every community across the US & really across the world. We all mourn together. The most important sentiment we share, beside the grief, is the belief that things seriously need to change. Now. These deaths can not be in vain; they must bring forth security that matters; they need to be the catalyst to better this world.
On a personal front, people want to help in some small way. There were therapy/healing dogs brought in to give comfort, there were memorials set up in the town, there are charities online to raise funds for the recovery efforts, there was even a processional of 100 uniformed firefighters staged at the funeral of one young victim who dreamed of joining them one day.
It's difficult to think of much else or return to the holiday spirit, yet there are ways to channel these feelings into positive, even creative acts. It's still the season of giving, & doing so has a reciprocal effect of fueling our souls just in time to start a new year.
Here are a few ways to solemnly give back:
Children are being asked by the PTA to make & send paper snowflakes to decorate the halls of the school to welcome the Sandy Hook students who will return to class in another building in January. To send snowflakes or monetary donations: Sandy Hook Fund
Join in the global moment of silence this Friday at 9:30 to honor those lost a week ago.
Are you in? Be Inspired to do something (well, 26 somethings) positive to honor the Sandy Hook victims--26 Random Acts