Today is the 1 month anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. While the gun debate (which I will not talk about here) has not cooled down at all, it has been some time since I have seen anything about remembering the victims, or the 26 Acts of Kindness movements that were started after this tragic event. This is very sad, don’t you think? We are giving the killer more airtime than the people who suffered from his acts.
Some of the other bloggers in the Global Team of 200 took it upon themselves to post about the victims, as well as to revive the 26 Acts of Kindness movement, so we can try to make it more of a habit. Why stop at 26? I say do as many as you can. Even something as simple as a cup of coffee for the homeless person you see every day, or helping someone with their grocery cart at the store. Something completely random and simple, which makes it even more important, in my opinion. We need to show each other that there is still good in this world.
A couple things that we are planning are:
- Sweet wants to bring in a couple treats for her preschool teachers, because “they are so nice and let me play with the blocks and they give me snacks”.
- I’m going to pay for the person behind me in line at Starbucks for the next month when I go to get my weekly treat before class.
- Take the older girls to the mall and leave some random notes on people’s cars, telling them that they are awesome (I got this idea from another “26 Acts” person).
Simple things that can make someone’s day. What can you do to make someone happy?
I also wanted to write about one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, Chase Kowalski.
Chase’s family remembers him as being a “lively, sunny 7-year-old that charmed his neighbors with his smile and energy. He was an energetic child that had recently run a triathlon, loved baseball, was in the Cub Scouts, looked forward to the kids’ workshop at the local Home Depot and said he wanted his teeth back for Christmas.”
“We are thankful to the Lord for giving us seven years with our beautiful, loving son. It is with heavy hearts that we return him,” his family said in an obituary.
If you would like to donate in Chase’s memory, his family has set up the Chase Kowalksi Scholarship Fund. You can send donations to the fund c/o Peoples Bank, 470 Monroe Tpke., Monroe, CT 06468, or on their Facebook page.
Please visit the other posts, which will be going live throughout the month.