Sharing this from Facebook:
I know you all are as upset and distraught over what happened in Newtown as I am. I am mad. I am frustrated. I am ready to see change happen NOW. But, I get completely overwhelmed when I begin to think about all that has to be done to change gun regulations and help those with mental health issues. I saw a tweet from Ann Curry encouraging others to do 26 acts of kindness in memory of those that lost their lives at Sandy Hook. So, while I may not be able to lobby for gun control I can do a small act of kindness in memory of those 20 babies and the 6 heros that died while trying to protect them. I will say each of their names out loud because they were people with dreams and aspirations and had people who they loved and people that loved them. They are not just victims.
Our first act of kindness is in honor of Vicki Soto. She loved her dog, Roxie, so we are donating blankets to our local animal shelter.
Our second act of kindness is in honor of Olivia Engel. After an extensive search I secured a copy of our favorite book, Rainbow Rob. It will go to Brayden’s classroom in memory of Olivia who loved reading and also had a brother named Brayden.
I’m not rushing my 26 Acts. If it takes us a month, it takes us a month. I want each and every one to be perfect. Be it spontaneous or planned out, I want each one to reflect each person whose lives were cut too short. I hope you will take the time to participate as well. And I hope you will get your children involved. They don’t need to know what happened. Brayden doesn’t. He is too young and I will not allow this to be on his heart. But, I really feel that if each of us leads by example and shows our children and those around us kindness each and every day we can help change our country. Because a small anchor really can make big waves.
*** If you are tempted to leave a comment about your views of gun control (or lack thereof), mental healthcare, or anything that is hateful your comment will be promptly deleted so please don’t waste your energy. Instead go out and do something good with that energy.