Day 15…Sandy Hook School Support Fund…

This obviously wasn’t the charity I’d had planned for today.  Because before today, this charity didn’t exist.  Before today, Sandy Hook, CT was just a normal town that didn’t need its own support fund.  But today, Sandy Hook is a shattered community that needs our help.

I still cannot wrap my head around what happened yesterday.  I don’t understand it.  I don’t understand how you can walk into a room of children and look at their innocent little faces and then shoot and kill them.  I mean, you have to be really sick…or really evil…or both.

And those poor parents who went to the school and waited while other parents were reunited with their children while their own never came.  How do you go on?  My heart is broken for those people.  Absolutely broken.

Since I heard about this horror, I’ve been alternating between heartbroken sadness at the senseless deaths of innocent children and blinding rage at the selfishness of the man responsible.  And I’ve felt completely helpless, but today I can change that a little.

The above quote from Mr. Rogers was all over Facebook yesterday.  I love it…because it’s true.  If there is a good part to any tragedy it’s that in the worst of times people get together and help each other.  At a time when my faith in humanity is at my lowest, seeing people support one another and help each other out really restores my faith and makes me believe that people really are good.

So today, I ask you all to join me in becoming helpers.  The United Way has established a fund to provide support to the families and community that were affected by this tragedy.  Click here to find out how to help.

There are other conversations to have…conversations about gun control and increasing access to mental healthcare.  Conversations about the culture of violence in the US and why this kind of thing happens so often here, but not in other countries.  Conversations about the need to recognize troubled people and stop them before they hurt anyone else.  But today, we should focus our support on the families who have lost the most important thing in the world.


  1. I’m so glad someone found their words this morning, because mine escape me. Thank you so much for this, Shana. I will pass it on.

  2. I’m so sad about this was hoping that you’d have a charity related to this. Thanks and that is a great quote.


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