While I cannot begin to grasp the depth of grief that the people in Connecticut must feel, I am deeply saddened by the loss of so many, especially so many so young. And I know that many people who have been touched by this tragedy are looking for a way to turn sorrow into something positive.
Recently, Ann Curry at NBC News promoted the idea of committing acts of kindness to honor those who lost their lives (Twitter hashtag #26Acts). Some people are donating christmas gifts to families in need, collecting donations of food for local food banks and shelters or offering support to the community of Newtown directly.
The primary mechanism to donate is via the Sandy Hook School Support Fund coordinated by the United Way. The fund has already raised $1.3 million that will be distributed in accordance with the community’s wishes. If you would like to contribute, click here.
Another way to give is by donating to Newtown Youth and Family Services, which is providing counseling to community members affected by the tragedy. They are accepting donations here.
Lastly, I noticed that many of the people on social media were making donations of toys and clothes to children in their local communities. So I also wanted to also post the link to the Toys for Tots Foundation, which provides holiday gifts for needy kids.
I hope you will consider making a donation or embracing the idea of #26Acts in your own way. You can follow the hashtag on Twitter to see how others are contributing.