Monday, December 17, 2012

Comfort is a dog and Mister Rogers


I always knew Mister Rogers was a wise, wise man.

Where do you even begin to discuss the events of last Friday?
How do you explain an act so hostile to a child when you
can't even make sense of it yourself?
Over the past few days,
on social media sites,
I've noticed trends of either postings of grief over the tragedy and prayers for the families
or
words of how gun control is not what will solve our problems.
I can't help myself from feeling disgusted when I see people using the
the deaths of 20 young children to promote their own views on gun control.
Is that really the issue at hand here?

After incidents like this,
I have come to realize that following the advice of Mister Rogers
may be in our best interest.
Our best option towards moving forward is to
highlight any positive that has come from this misfortune.
While I was browsing through some of the recent news stories,
I came across one, in particular, that grasped my attention.
"Comfort dogs deployed to help those affected by Sandy Hook."
Having a huge heart for dogs, my curiosity naturally brought me to the site.
According to the article,
Lutheran Church Charities coordinated to have a team of golden retrievers
brought into the community of Newton, CT to offer comfort.
Gotta love those Lutherans! ;)
The President of Lutheran Church Charities, Tim Hetzner, commented,
"Dogs are non-judgmental. They are loving. They are accepting of anyone.
It creates the atmosphere for people to share."
It sounds like I can add another wise man in my book,
right under Mister Rogers, of course.
This story was the only that I have read that brought warmth to my heart.
It amazes me how people are able to come together and contrive ways of comfort,
especially during times of strife.

Tomorrow, I encourage you to join the blogging community
in a day of silence for the events in Newton, CT.
I have included the details below.


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To the Blog World and Anyone Else who Wants to Help,

Last Friday, tragedy struck so many of us in ways we did not foresee. An elementary school and small town in Connecticut was shattered by a mass shooting. We knew we wanted to help and we came up with this:

<img src="https://sites.google.com/site/megoblogdesign/files/sandyhooksupport.png" />

On Tuesday, December 18th, there will be a blogger day of silence.
We will post the button and that's it. Please try to not post anything else that day if possible.

We are also raising money that will go to an organization in the memory of this tragedy. The organization is called The Newtown Family Youth and Family Services. Here is the official description of the support service we are donating to:

"Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.

ANY DONATIONS MADE TO NEWTOWN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THOSE EFFECTED BY THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING."



Please visit THIS PAGE to make your donation.

We can't imagine how they must be feeling, especially this close to the holidays. We would love for you to spread the word on your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Let's make a difference and use blogging in a positive way. Thank you in advance for participating.

Love,
The Blog World

1 comment:

  1. how cool there is an organization that provides dogs i love that! thanks for informing me about such an awesome organization

    ReplyDelete

I love your kind words :)