The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has left a deep imprint of unspeakable grief in everyone who values life, and a lot of us are feeling an impulse to reach out to the Sandy Hook community in support but aren’t really sure how. No one can give life back to those children or give the children back to their families, or fill the void that the victims left behind. The only thing we can do is mourn the dead and pray for their families.
Our friend Vanessa, an extremely compassionate, kind, and beloved person, is running a Teddy Bear Drive for the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The bears will be distributed amongst the young survivors of this tragedy, who have witnessed a brutality and suffered at the hands of a dissociative cruelty that all parents hope their children will never have to face in their lives, and least of all at such a young age. These children’s lives have suddenly become terrifying and they have had a tremendous amount of difficulty thrust upon them, and they will suffer the weight of it for a very long time. Our hope is that, in collecting and distributing the bears, these classic symbols of comfort and safety, the children will begin to feel hope in turn, and that although they now know something of the volume of pain in the world and have seen the frightening, limitless spectrum of chaos in humanity, they will see that there is also a balance, and there is kindness, and for every stranger that wants to hurt them there are thousands and thousands more who will care for, protect, shelter, and love them.
Queen of Hearts and Modern Love will be hosting a drop box for the Teddy Bear Drive through Thursday, December 20th during regular business hours. We will be here today until 6:00, Monday through Wednesday from 10:00-6:00, and Thursday until 8:00. To view the details and to see a complete list of participating Providence businesses, please go to the event’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Providence-Teddy-Bear-Drive-for-Sandy-Hook-Elementary-School/462120027157013, and please like it and share it with your friends.