A post by Kenneth W. Cain reminded me that it’s been almost a year since the Sandy Hook massacre.
At the time, I thought the face of that traumatised child would be etched in my memory forever. I promised not to forget.
I did forget though, and I feel ashamed that the small distractions of everyday life could push the horrible deaths of so many children [and adults] out of my mind.
Author Kenneth W. Cain is giving all his children’s books away for free until the end of the year in memory of Sandy Hook. I can only manage 5 days via Amazon, but it’s better than nothing. And perhaps if other authors do the same, our combined efforts may raise awareness of this tragedy again.
But awareness is not enough. My hope is that people who download these free books will use that awareness to donate something to Sandy Hook. It doesn’t have to be much. $1 per person per many persons can add up to a sizable amount.
Where to donate though?
That was a question that troubled me, especially after I did some googling and discovered that there have been some scam artists taking advantage of people’s generosity.
My research showed that there is legislation in progress? to ensure emergency/disaster donations go to where they are supposed to go – i.e. to the people who need the support. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any specific links for donations. However, I did find information on the largest, and apparently most reputable group - Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation.
I sent them this email :
‘Coming up to the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy I, and some of my friends would like to donate to the ongoing support of those affected. Please advise how we can do this.
As soon as I get a reply I’ll post an update, and hopefully a link to a donation site. Once I have that, I’ll be putting both my books up for free on Amazon…and keeping my promise not to forget.
Nothing I can do will ease the pain of the bereaved families this Christmas, but a little love never goes astray.