On behalf of our little town, I say a heartfelt THANK YOU for your prayers, love, well wishes, virtual hugs and support that you have sent our way in the wake of Friday's events. The love pouring in from listeners via Ravelry, Twitter, email, and the blog is extraordinary - I can barely keep up with your messages. Knowing that so many of you around the world are thinking about us gives us comfort.
Yesterday was another difficult day as we learned the names of the 26 victims. Twenty children and six educators. In a small town such as ours, we all either know one of the individuals or know someone who does. I am in the latter camp as one of the teachers was my mom's former co-worker.
Today we await the arrival of President Obama for an interfaith vigil that will be held at the High School for the families and those directly affected.
We also found out today that an unused school building in a neighboring town will be opened for the Sandy Hook students to return to class this week. It is likely that they will never return to original school building.
In the true knitter spirit, many of you have asked what you can do to help.
If you have the means, The United Way has established a support fund for the families in conjunction with our local bank. You can send checks to:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470
Alternatively, you can donate by credit card directly on the United Way site at https://newtown.uwwesternct.org.
There is also a group on Ravelry knitting & crocheting stuffed toys to send to the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School. This KAL over in the 600 Monsters Strong for Connecticut group will run through January.
If you are donating to a charity in the wake of this event, please be careful where you send your hard-earned funds. There already have been sham groups popping up to take advantage of people's kind hearts wanting to help.
We are a resilient town and we will get through this together. Again, thank you for your thoughts & prayers as they will help us pull through.