I had a difficult time on Friday after learning about what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary. I was 16 when my little sister was in first grade and so my memories of her at that age are quite vivid. I avoided the Internet and news coverage most of the weekend but knew that I couldn’t just post about lipstick or something cute like puppies today on the blog.

Today I’m going to focus on how we can help. I am too blessed and can’t imagine how this holiday season has been completely rocked for these families. I don’t NEED anything and so I want to focus on giving (because let’s be honest – most of us have too much).

HopeMob is crowdfunding with compassion. Pulled from their website:

HopeMob is the only fee-free fundraising platform online. 100% of all funds received will be forwarded to the story owner whether the total amount needed is collected or not.

Their featured staff pick is for those affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook. Also pulled directly from their site: 100% of what we raise here will go to support families directly affected by this shooting. As we learn of the needs, we will not hold on to your donation, but put it to use right away with emergency support for any healthcare costs, missed work, funeral costs, or any other needs that families may have.

  1. Donate now here on the website.
  2. Rally your children to send cards to the kids, families, and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School. We should also send cards to the first responders – i.e police and medics who first arrived at the school and have had an unimaginably tough time.  We will provide an address for you to send them.  Keep the cards positive and encouraging.
  3. Pray.  If you don’t pray, send good vibes, energy, good thoughts, or whatever. It’s all needed.

If you read my blog regularly – please consider doing this. If you’re like me – you always have extra money to spare. If you don’t – give up eating out this week, getting that caramel macchiato, or skip over something unnecessary. Comment below if you do. Not to brag – but to encourage others to do what you’ve done.

December 17, 2012