|Read the Washington Post's memorial to all the victims here.|
Like many of you, the events that occurred Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary have weighed very heavily on my heart. I just don't know how someone can take the life of another, let alone 6- and 7-year-olds. The news, the photos, the videos, it's all so overwhelming. Just sitting here thinking about it and typing this post brings tears to my eyes.
There is so much darkness surrounding this tragedy, yet the light has survived and surfaced in many ways. I am seeing so many people band together to bring comfort to those in Newtown, and it reminds me that humanity isn't all bad. It restores my faith that we are inherently good.
As you can tell from my Instagram feed, I absolutely adore my dog, Shanny. I adopted her two and a half years ago, and she has been such a blessing ever since. The love of a dog is unconditional and without judgement, a model for how we should love one another. They are always there when you're sad or upset to snuggle up with for comfort.
Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) run a ministry called K-9 Comfort Dogs. Basically, they take teams of golden retrievers to areas of tragedy, hospitals, schools and nursing homes to comfort those in need. In response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, LCC sent a team of 10 dogs to Newtown to provide comfort and distraction in this tough time.
Read more about the work the Comfort Dogs are doing here.
I was and still am so moved by this initiative and how simply brilliant it is. I don't know about you, but when I am sad, sometimes I don't want to talk or interact with other people, yet yearn for the solace that being around loved ones provides. This is the bridge between those two things. What a blessing.
Though I may not be able to donate my time to this initiative, I can donate financially. Dogs in general take a lot of maintenance, and these special dogs are no different. If you feel compelled, you can donate to the K-9 Comfort Dogs initiative here.
There are a lot of other great ways to donate to the relief efforts in Newtown. Click on the links below to learn more and put those DIY skills to good use!
- Sew a pillowcase for a student who attends Sandy Hook Elementary.
- Make a Giving Bunny with a special tag honoring a victim.
- Create a snowflake or two to help the Connecticut PTSA transform the school into a Winter Wonderland.
Be kind to each other.