My friend, JessieLeigh, whom I’ve known online for years and finally had the privilege of meeting in real life a couple of months ago, emailed me yesterday and said:
Just wanted to pass along the link to a post I wrote on some of the hows and whys to help those impacted by the devastation in Newtown, CT that occurred on Friday. I live about 20 minutes from Sandy Hook. Our son’s cardiologist is two blocks from the school. My husband was IN that school less than an hour before the shooting– our community is, like the whole nation, reeling.
Find her post here with links to some ways you can help. I also wanted to share this section of her post because I thought it was so important:
I want to address a comment I read on one of the “ways to help” articles I read. An individual wrote,
Not to be a jerk, but, other than funeral costs, why do they need money? I mean, a hurricane that wipes out a town, sure. But they’re gone. Why are we giving money?
Now, I’m not saying that person is a jerk. But I do want to gently mention some reasons why these families might need money, beyond funeral costs. Even assuming all repairs, relocations, and what-not are subsidized federally somehow, there will be needs…
- These families, teachers, first responders, and the community at large will need counseling. Likely plenty of it.
- Mothers and fathers will miss work. Some will not be paid for that time. Incomes will suffer.
- Budgets will bend and break as people who typically are very careful simply cannot be. Homemade meals may not get made. Coupons may not get clipped. Grace should be given.
- People will need to travel. Out-of-town family members who never expected to buy last-minute plane tickets for a child’s funeral right before Christmas will toss down the plastic because, really, what do you do?? You pay now, worry later. This is just the scenario where that happens.
- Children will need comfort. The surviving students? Will still have to go to school. They’ll be relocated into unfamiliar places. As a community, we’ll want to do anything and everything we can to provide comfort and security to them.
So… did a tornado physically tear this town apart? No. The trees and buildings still stand.
But the people… oh, the people are broken. And it’s going to take time, prayer, and helping hands to start that healing process.
Read her full post here. And if you know of other ways we can help, please leave a comment and let us know!