The tragedy in Newtown, CT hits home

I’m not here today to debate gun control or mental health in the wake of the brutal tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT last Friday. Instead, I wanted to share something with you all that has tugged at my heartstrings since last Friday.

A classmate and friend from high school lost his daughter on Friday. This news brought these tragic events even closer to home. Having two young children myself, I can’t even begin to imagine what the family is going through and will go through in the days/weeks/years to come. There are no words to describe it.

The first thought was “How can I help in any way possible?”. The words of support on Facebook are overwhelmingly supportive but the truth is, what can we really do in a time like this? I have mulled it over for days and could not come up with anything.

But then I saw a new group that was formed on Facebook supporting the family’s wishes to have those looking to donate not send flowers to the family, but donate to the Animal Center in Newtown, CT. The family’s daughter Catherine was a huge lover of animals and what better way to honor her memory than to donate to such a worthy cause.

So I am here today not to pressure anyone into donating, but if you are willing and looking to donate in some capacity after this tragedy, please consider donating to The Animal Center.

You can access their Facebook page here.

And their website here.

You can also read the story of this beautiful little girl here.

Thank you for taking the time out to read this.




6 thoughts on “The tragedy in Newtown, CT hits home

  1. Bonnie

    John, You wrote a lovely post to honor a precious little girl and her family. I cannot think of a better way to honor these children than to give in areas where their interest lie. Thank you for a heartfelt post.

  2. Vintage Gal

    John ~ what a wonderful legacy for this angel. I Love this post and will DEFINITELY honour this sweet life. Thank you so much for telling us about this ~

  3. Erica@legalzoom

    Thanks for sharing this. One of the things that has come out of this tragedy is the love and support that people have shown for the families who have lost their loved ones. People have been sharing acts of kindness with strangers and I think that is one of the strongest messages we can send. That our hearts will not be poisoned and our spirits will not be broken by the tragedy.

    There is still a lot of good in the world and many good people, people who try to make the right decisions every day. When you lose someone you love in an event like this sometimes you have questions.

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