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Love will find a way

December 22nd, 2012 at 05:10 pm

One week after the horrific shootings in Sandy Hook, I am overcome by the outpouring of love and support. Our weekly newspaper, which covers just our town, was filled with evidence of the compassion of people everywhere.

A man from Mississippi anonymously bought lunch one day this past week for every person ordering a sandwich at the General Store. Amazingly, 2 others did similar things on 2 other days.

There have been so many teddy bears and stuffed animals donated, that today the town is having a toy distribution and has invited residents to stop by the town hall to pick one out. Our local paper is doing the same thing.

Local businesses are finding ways to give to the community as it grieves. The local sports center opened its doors to children and arranged for all sorts of children's activities to give kids and their parents a break from all the goings on here. Over 2,000 attended.

The Parks & Rec Dept is raising funds for a memorial to those slain. Close to $2 million has already been raised toward scholarship funds. A local chiropractor is giving away free adjustments to locals who need it. Therapy dogs from all over the country have arrived here.

A woman from Iowa, a teacher, drove all the way to New Jersey, where she had friends, baked 240 pies, and then gave them away to passers-by in front of our old town hall. A church in Hartford, CT made up hundreds of doggie bags filled with peanut butter dog biscuits, which are now being made available to dog owners in town. It's really quite amazing.

The newspaper's letters to the editor column was filled with letters of support from as far away as Scotland, England and Australia. There were also many full page ads from out of state individuals, organization and companies I'd never heard of expressing their support.

The vigils in neighboring towns continue and the makeshift memorials have multiplied on every major intersection of the town, filled with candles, toys and flowers. The one surrounding our famous flagpole, which stands in the center of Main Street, had to be moved elsewhere because the pile was becoming a traffic hazard.

I truly hope these children did not die in vain, and that the momentum inspired by the tragedy will lead to meaningful new legislation concerning gun control. You don't need a Glock to go hunting. Private citizens don't need military style weapons, period. Or ammo clips with 30 rounds in them.

Ludicrously, I heard an NRA representative on an NPR talk show suggest that teachers be allowed to carry firearms inside the schools. How many more lives would be lost in the panic and confusion of another school shooting?

More recently, I heard the NRA has suggested that a police officer should be on the premises of every school in America.I am quite sure they have only suggested this because they've heard the outcry against firearms in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings and they realize that if they remain silent, they may lose the ability to carry certain firearms.

So they are trying to shift the conversation from making it harder for deranged individuals or high-powered weapons fanatics to obtain them to simply beefing up police presence in an elementary school.

6 Responses to “Love will find a way ”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    While the experience is initially so negative, it is so comforting to see the love and compassion that stems from these events. Love does find a way....every time.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Every child believes in good tomorrow brings.
    Every child's our faith to hold.
    What we leave behind
    and want them to find,
    Is what we are today.
    Laughter, voices, tender choices,
    Their love gives to us.
    Sad the day we take away
    Their sweet liberty.
    --from Cada Nino/ Every Child by Tish Hinojosa, included in at least three of her albums
    I've never felt the song quite so strongly as I did just now while listening and reading your words.

  3. Wink Says:

    Reading about all these acts of kindness helps to restore my faith in basic human compassion and decency. Thanks for writing about it!

  4. Suzanne Says:

    This is so good to hear. The whole story was so devastating, but I'm glad to know there are still so many kind people out there. Do you know where I can contribute to the scholarships?

  5. Says:

    Oh, Suzanne, there are so many groups raising funds for scholarships, the families of the victims or the schools. You can find info on them here:

  6. Suzanne Says:

    Thank you!

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