Saturday, December 15, 2012

Silence as a Sign of Support

I remember being in school when Columbine happened April 20, 1999.
It was rough knowing that someone sitting in your class with you could suddenly go crazy, bring in a gun, and just kill us all.
Yesterday, December 14th 2012, 20 small children ranging in age from 5 to 10, who have never had to think that about a fellow classmate, were murdered in cold blood along with 6 faculty members.
5 to 10 year olds.
Children who as the Presendent put it "beautiful little kids....they had their entire lives ahead of them - birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own."
I don't have my own children, I always struggle with the thought of having them, but to think what those poor parents are going through is beyond comprehension.
My heart also goes out to the families of the 6 adults who lost loved ones yesterday, including Ryan who lost his mother and his disturbed brother.
We tend to forget what the family of the murderer has to go through. How people will look at them now knowing that they were related to someone who just snapped and decided one Friday to grab the guns in the house and just go out and kill people.
We might never know the real reason why Adam decided to do what he did. I don't think the reason actually matters to those parents because they know that it is a reason of complete delusion. No one has any real true reason to walk into a school and just start shooting innocents.
I sat at my desk this morning and just read the paper and my heart just hurt knowing that these things happen. That they happen all over the world, such as China yesterday where a man with a knife stabbed children on their way into school. Yesterday parents in two different countries had to stop and just wonder why people do the things that they do.
There are some great bloggers who are putting together a day of silence for the blogging community. You don't have to join, but it is just a sign that there are women all across the world who are going to stop and just focus on the things they have in their lives and the importance of it.
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To the Blog World and Anyone Else who Wants to Help,

Yesterday, tragedy struck so many of us in ways we did not foresee. An elementary school and small town in Connecticut was shattered by a mass shooting. We knew we wanted to help and we came up with this:


On Tuesday, December 18th, there will be a blogger day of silence. We will post the button and that’s it. Please try to not post anything else that day if possible.
We are also raising money that will go to an organization in the memory of this tragedy. The organization is called The Newtown Family Youth and Family Services.
Here is the official description of the support service we are donating to:

“Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic
and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their
highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support
groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area."

ANY DONATIONS MADE TO NEWTOWN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THOSE EFFECTED BY THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING. 
Please visit THIS PAGE to make your donation.

We can’t imagine how they must be feeling, especially this close to the holidays. We would love for you to spread the word on your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Let’s make a difference and use blogging in a positive way.

Thank you in advance for participating.
Love,
The Blog World

Thank you to Nelly, Meg, and Michelle for putting this together.

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