Saturday, December 15, 2012

Our Hearts are Broken

The events of Friday morning from Newtown, CT have been broadcast endlessly on the news, and other outlets.  I am broken hearted for the families and friends of all those who lost loved ones, I have felt at a loss .... how do we react, care, and help?
I've read all the quotes about hugging your children, then there are the calls for gun control, and the inanity of Mike Huckabee, proving that he isn't interested in consoling anyone.
My friend Beth Howard, the author of Making Piece, A Story of Love, Loss and Pie put up a post on Facebook saying she felt like loading up her RV with pie making supplies and heading to Newtown from Eldon, Iowa where she lives in the American Gothic House.  After an hour, she was planning the trip with encouragement from all her followers and the offer of a co-pilot in Chicago---she is in Ohio as I write this, has gotten Costco in Bridgetown, CT to donate flour, sugar, butter and shortening for the pie making.  She also has a donation page on her website to help pay for gas, and pie making supplies that she might need.
This is the type of organic, holistic help that makes our country great---people see a need, they act on it, and help in ways that heal.

I'm proud to call Beth a friend, we met two years ago, and her story is one of loss and hope--she will bring that to Newtown with her pie making.  So if you see this RV rolling across Ohio or Pennsylvania tonight, honk and blow kisses!  They are on their way to help heal an aching community.

I'll end this post with a quote from Nelson Mandela:  "We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."  Hug your loved ones and let them know how much they mean to is precious. 

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