As a human being it is difficult to hear about travesties happening in the world around us. We’re surrounded by stories on the news about natural and man made disasters, about all of the horrible things taking place. When something happens in our own backyards, though, it really hits home: 27 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 20 of which were five and six year old children.
As a mother I can’t help but think about what kind of emotions the parents of those children must be facing. Those thoughts haunt me at night, and it’s hard to escape them.
“When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.” Zig Ziglar
Amidst all of the negative articles, all of the bad news, and the death counts, I come across articles like this. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back, that was the information that left me bawling.
We talk a lot on H&H about homeschooling and unschooling, but something I haven’t ever addressed on here was how many loved ones I have that are teachers. My friends (like Ms. Propst) and my family members (Katie, Megan, Christy) and my daughter’s teachers. When I read articles about how these women gave their lives protecting children it’s a devastating reminder of the power of love and commitment. Of course I would die for my children, but to sacrifice myself for someone else’s? That’s big. That’s huge.
I invite you all to take a few minutes and share your appreciation for not only the teachers involved in Newtown, but for the men and women who are responsible for your children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces every day. Write them a thank you note, send them a gift, do something to thank them and do it sincerely, because they deserve it.
Earlier today I mentioned that I had something to share with you all, and I hope that you stuck with me through that tangent. And honestly, I hope all of that made sense.. it can be difficult to type when you’re crying, and when it comes to children I am not ashamed to admit that I am a big crybaby. What I wanted to share with you all is that a few friends of mine own a graphic design company, and they are having a fundraiser with the proceeds going directly to the families who were affected by the shooting.
Painted Panda Graphics Studio believes in assisting the world community. It is in the spirit of this belief that we have designed and are selling a special edition T-shirt to help raise funds to support the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. We are donating 100% of the proceeds from these T-shirt sales to the families in hope that we can at the very least alleviate their financial burdens while they begin the long healing process. Please help today by purchasing a shirt, simply click the “Buy Now” button below. And thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping support those who have lost.
You can also help us spread the word about this offer by tweeting, Pinning, and sharing this post. I’d love to see a big response for this, so please help us get the message out.