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The Things You Can’t Ignore. No Matter How Hard You Try.

On the day of the Newtown, Connecticut shootings, I was working away from the computer.  When you have satellite radio, they never break in for news.  Especially if you’re listening to a Howard Stern station.  I was blissfully unaware until I got home and opened Facebook.  It’s never good to get news from Facebook, so I jumped over to CNN.  That was the last bit of news I read about the day.  I locked myself away from it.  It was easy to do.  Ignore the news sites, scroll fast through people’s status updates, tell friends that you can’t talk about it, and never change the channel to the News.  It was pretty easy to ignore the facts.

And while I was trying hard to escape the news, I couldn’t help but think of the families that would never be able to ignore this news.  There were now families who would live that day over and over again.  My parents lost a child before I was born.  Believe me, they live that day over and over again.  And because of that day, the rest of us live in the shadow of that event.  It  permanently changed the entire family.  My ability to ignore the news is the very reason not to.  If one day, I encounter my own dark day I would want people not to ignore the news.

A few days passed and I got together with my friend, Suzanne.  We were supposed to be having a much needed Girls’ night.   Instead we both discussed how we couldn’t ignore the situation and how we needed to give a little something to these families.   We asked a few of our favorite photographers and we worked on a notecard set.  All proceeds will be donated to a memorial and community fund:

  • Allison Wyatt was six and loved art.  I can’t type that without heartache for her family.  I’d be lying if I told you I’ve read that short article again and again, but I can’t.  I can’t get pass the title.  I’m angry that the title had to be typed.  But it was, so we can help.
  • The Sandy Hook Family Fund is a group devoted to helping the community.  I can only imagine the type of assistance the entire community will need.  Neighbors and families will be generous with their time, but they need money.  Because in the end, that’s what helps.

I’m sure some of you got some holiday cash.  I’m guessing a lot of you could always use some blank notecards.

But I’m really hoping that you’ll help us give to these families.  In return, you’ll receive six 4×6 blank notecards.  They’re perfect for spreading love all around this world.  We’ll be offering these cards until January 9th.  Buy some for yourself or as a gift.  Buy some because it feels good to give.

Images (left to right):

Top: DeAnna McCasland :: Kristin Zecchinelli

Middle: Suzanne Gipson :: Carmen Farrell

Bottom: Erika Ray :: Breanna Peterson

  • melanie - Beautiful cards….purchased a set today. Thanks for helping the families of sandy hook.January 2, 2013 – 2:27 pmReplyCancel

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