The reason why you’re seeing this topic on my blog is because I felt that writing about any other topic wouldn’t feel right, given what happened this past Friday.
I’m using this space today to be as helpful as I can – as a father, as a blogger, as a fellow human being.
So here are a few ideas and resources I found useful:
1. Talk to Friends (and your kids)
After a tragedy like this happens, many of us might want to isolate. But now more than ever it might be important to seek out friends you can talk to, or reach out to friends that are typically loners.
Here’s what Fred Rogers has to say about talking to kids:
After something like this, I often wonder what I can do. Talking to friends helped me better understand what I can personally can do to support the Newtown, CT community!
2. Snail Mail Love
This past weekend I got together with a bunch of friends and we put together a “box of hope” filled with drawings cards and messages to children in Sandy Hook.
You and your kids (if you’re a parent) can send gifts and notes of love to:
Messages of Condolence for Newtown
P.O. Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470
3. Create a Fundraising Page
If you want to raise money for a local nonprofit supporting families and children in Newtown, go to the Razoo listing of organizations and create a fundraising page.
Also check out their tips on creating an effective peer-to-peer fundraiser.
Here’s my cause:
4. Use Your Facebook Cover as a Call-toAction
You can steal this Facebook cover to help you promote an organization whose collecting donations for the Sandy Hook community.
Note that this cover is not intended for use on Pages (only profiles) because it violates Facebook’s guidelines on page covers.
5. Do Something Creative
If you’re an artist or musician, pick up your paintbrush or guitar and create something to encourage others.
It doesn’t matter that you’re not a John Lennon or a Keith Haring.
Check out the song for inspiration: