So much has been said and written about the horrifying tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I don’t have anything earth shattering to add, only to echo that my heart is broken over the the events that took place.
There will be no answers that can possibly satisfy our longing. There is no justification for what has happened to the children and their families.
I only know that for me, I pray and try to find some comfort there. In the Bible, Peter 5:7 it says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
This Christmas season I know I will take every opportunity to tell those around me that I love them and let them know how much they mean to me. It’s the only thing I know to take away from all of this.
Here’s hoping you find your way, too.
As the nation grieves the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a wide range of Country music artists put their emotions on display and offered sympathy via Facebook and Twitter:
Taylor Swift: “I’m heartsick about the senseless tragedy in CT and praying for the families of the children and teachers who lost their lives. Unthinkable.”
Toby Keith: “I have no words. Tragic. The families and the community of Newton, CT are in my prayers – T.”
Miranda Lambert: “The world feels sad right now. Everything seems to be full of evil & turmoil. Jesus, come on back!”
Blake Shelton: “My heart is so heavy right now… I can’t shake it off.”
Faith Hill: “News of this morning’s shooting was simply devastating. As parents, Tim & I cannot even imagine the horror that all of these families face.”
Hunter Hayes: “My heart is broken for the people of Newtown, Connecticut. Our hearts, our thoughts and all our prayers are with you!”
Brad Paisley: “I spent 15 minutes yelling at the top of my lungs about what happened in Connecticut. I’m as mad as I am sad. Enough. Enough!!!!!
Here’s the address for the school in case you want to send a note:
Sandy Hook Elementary School
12 Dickenson Drive
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
Ways to help:
An 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
Those who wish to volunteer in Newtown as it recovers from the shootings can call (800) 203-1234 , according to the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
The United Way has started the Sandy Hook School Support Fund to provide help with funeral expenses, counseling and other services. Donations: Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown, Conn. 06470. More information: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org.
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.
The family of Sandy Hook’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, created a memorial fund for the educator, who died trying to stop the gunman. Donations: Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund, CT Teachers Credit Union, P.O. Box 2121, Waterbury, Conn. 06722.
The family of Olivia Engel, 6, created the Friends of the Engel Family Fund. On its Facebook page, a relative says the fund will be used to help the family financially. The family plans to meet this week to decide how to use the donations for a tribute or effort in Olivia’s name that will have a more lasting impact. More information: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfTheEngelFamilyFund.
The family of Emilie Parker, 6, created the Emilie Parker Fund to raise donations to help her parents, Robbie and Alissa, take time off from work to be with their two younger children, and to help with funeral expenses and airfare to the family’s home state of Utah, where they will have Emilie’s funeral and bury her. More information:https://www.facebook.com/EmilieParkerFund?ref=ts&fref+ts.
The family of Noah Pozner, 6, created Noah’s Ark of Hope Fund to provide counseling, education and basic needs for his four siblings: http://noahsarkofhopefund.eventbrite.com.
The family of Dylan Hockley has created the Dylan Hockley Memorial Fund to help children with autism and other special needs. More information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Dylan-Hockley-Sandy-Hook-Massacre-Victim/215750598560389. To donate via PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Allison Wyatt have created the Allison Wyatt Memorial Fund and another private fund for Allison’s sister, Lauren. Checks should be made to Allison Wyatt Memorial Fund or for the private family fund to Ben Wyatt as custodian. All checks can be sent to Steve DeMartino, c/o TransAct Technologies Inc., One Hamden Center, 2319 Whitney Ave., Suite 3B, Hamden, Conn. 06518.