Sunday, December 14

Two Years After Sandy Hook

Two years ago today, around 9:35 in the morning, a tragedy like we've never seen before struck an elementary school in Newtown, CT.  Twenty-six inspiring and beautiful people were taken from this world.

I had a hard time taking Doodle Bug to school that Monday.  He struggled with what a tragedy like this meant.  The shock was enough to make him question the very existence of the Goddess.  It's been two years and he still asks me sometimes if Miss J (his special education teacher) knows what to do if "a man with a gun" comes into their school.  

Personally, I still cry when I think about it.  So, I won't be typing much today, but I encourage you to visit the legacy website that the town put together:  My Sandy Hook Family

On our ITHOMS Facebook page, today, you will find links to the various foundations and non-profits which were founded in the names of the victims.  Always verify the legitimacy of a charity before you donate funds.  

The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation
"We are currently developing a compassion- and wisdom-based curriculum to introduce into our schools and communities – inspirational and educational programs that will incorporate this empowering message and also highlight unforgettable stories of young people (including genocide survivors) who have overcome extreme hardship through choosing love over anger."

"As Emilie’s parents, we are striving to honor our daughter by continuing to support the things that she loved. Emilie was an exceptional artist, and we enjoyed watching her as she expressed her creativity, love, excitement and her true self through art. We want to celebrate Emilie’s passion by supporting the arts with funding for programs in the community and schools."

"We want to express our deepest thanks to everyone who donated money to the funds created in Allison's honor. All money that is donated to the Allison Wyatt Memorial Fund must be distributed to licensed charitable organizations, and to date with your help we have made significant donations to the following organizations:  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities, International Child Art Foundation.  Thank you all very much."

"The Kowalski family wanted to capture Chase’s competitive spirit and vitality in creating a charity in his honor with a focus on health and wellness for children and their families. CMAK (Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski) Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation has pursued programs and initiatives that encourage personal improvement, healthy lifestyles and strong family and communities."

Sandy Hook Promise
"Protect children from gun violence so no other parent experiences the loss of their child by engaging and empowering parents and communities with targeted prevention programs in the areas of in the areas of mental wellness early-identification & intervention, social & emotional development and firearm safety & security." 

"Dylan was a beautiful 6-year-old boy.  He had an infectious laugh and was passionate about the moon, garlic bread, the color purple and computer games. Dylan also had autism.  After we lost our beautiful son so tragically, we established Dylan’s Wings of Change, a foundation dedicated to the memory of Dylan that is committed to helping children with autism and other related conditions achieve their full potential."

"Our mission is to inspire and empower every person to act with kindness in order to make a positive cultural change. Our goal is to help individuals build a sense of community and reduce social isolation. We believe by bringing awareness to these issues and providing opportunities for interaction and acceptance, cultural change will occur."

"Ben’s Lighthouse fosters all children’s potential to build a more compassionate and connected world. Children become architects of a changed society by practicing empathy, self awareness and volunteerism. Each child’s contribution, small or large, is a benefit to self and society. #HelpingIsHealing "

"In partnership with Klingberg Family Centers we have established the Center for Community and Connection as the first initiative of the Ana Grace Project. Klingberg Family Centers’ extensive experience serving children traumatized by abuse allows us to build on a strong foundation. I am deeply grateful for their incredible support and expertise. I hope you will join us as we move forward with this important project.”

"The mission of The Avielle Foundation is to prevent violence by fostering brain health research, education, and policy; and community development, engagement, and responsibility. The foundation... direct(s) resources to support breakthrough research in brain health, bridging behavioral and biochemical sciences."

"Our mission is to promote kindness as a guiding principle of humanity. Newtown Kindness is committed to fostering compassion in children and inspiring life-long contributors to society. The organization aims to facilitate acts of kindness within communities as well as raise awareness of kindness through education, sharing and recognition."

"Grace was an artist.  She saw beauty in everything and was fortunate to have found her passion  early in life.  She (had taken) art classes since the age of nine and was truly gifted.  We hope to honor her life and dreams by supporting young artists and youth art programs through scholarships and grants."

"The Lauren Rousseau Elementary Education Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, a 30 year old teacher, who was one of the 26 individuals who lost their lives in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012."

"Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung was the principal who died while trying to protect her Sandy Hook Elementary School Family. As a lifelong student, Dawn strove for excellence and encouraged those around her to do the same. Dawn devoted her life to education, instilling a love of learning in all who knew her. Dawn's family has established a scholarship fund in her honor. The scholarship will benefit students of her hometown high school who are planning to pursue a career in education."

"We are the parents of the children who survived. We are the classmates, friends, and the little league coaches. Sandy Hook is where we live -- it is our proud community. We ask the world to join us not only in our grief but also in our burning need to take some of the burdens off these families in their time of incredible pain. To bear their cross in some small way. We intend to give 100% of the donations collected to the 26 families in equal shares for their continued support. Please help us help our own neighbors beyond sharing their tears. All funds received will go directly to the families who lost children and immediate family members."

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Also, conspiracy theories are fun, but I do not accept that anything was staged that terrible day.  You can look at the available facts from any event and theorize an alternate story, but real life is NOT a giant game of Malarky.  Please don't be disrespectful. 

1 comment:

  1. I cannot believe it has been 2 years already..... praying for the families as the days ahead only get harder. :( Thank you for highlighting the memorials for each of these precious angels ;).