#26Acts: Snowflakes

I’ve been sort of paralyzed since the tragedy in Connecticut just over a week ago. As a mother of two young girls, it just hits too close to home. It’s tragic, unimaginable, horrific…the list of words goes on and on, yet none are truly strong enough to explain the devastation of this tragedy. I know a lot of people took to social media soon after to express their feelings. I did when the news first broke, but then I had to take a step back. I had to shut the TV off, the radio and computer too. In order to function every day, I couldn’t hear any more. I didn’t plan to blog about it, because honestly, I didn’t know what to say. If you could see tears on the computer screen, that’s what I’d write.

But then I heard about something amazing. Isra of The Frugalette, a blogger friend of mine, mentioned 26 Acts of Random Kindness in a blog post. It was the first I had heard of it. It’s a movement pioneered by NBC’s Ann Curry.  I wanted to scramble into action right away….and I did. I brought toys to Toys for Tots, brought cookies to our local police station and paid for coffee for a stranger at Starbucks.

And then I learned of something utterly amazing and inspiring from my girls school. In the weekly parent newsletter, they said the classrooms have been very busy making and decorating lots and lots of snowflakes. These snowflakes will be sent to Connecticut for the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School. When school resumes for Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT, it will be in a new building. The school district is preparing to reopen an older, empty school building to educate the students of Sandy Hook for the remainder of the year. The building is currently stark and undecorated and the Connecticut PTSA is asking for snowflakes to help turn the new school into a happy, cheerful and sparkly Winter Wonderland.  (Note: the children at my girls’ school do not know about the tragedy, just that they are making snowflakes that will be sent to a new school to help decorate it for its new students.)  The newsletter also encouraged parents and students to make their own snowflakes at home for Sandy Hook.

So that’s what I did. 26 snowflakes to be exact. We are still putting the finishing touches on them.It felt nice delivering the toys, bringing cookies and buying coffee…but this is a different level…these snowflakes, in honor of 26 lives lost, will be decorating the new school for these brave little students who have lived through this tragedy.

If you’d like to make snowflakes, According to the CTPTSA:

Get Creative!!  Make and send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT  06514, by January 12, 2013. Snowflakes can also be delivered to CT PTSA.   Please call us before for office hours at 203-281-6617.

I found a tutorial on Martha Stewart’s website and followed that. There are others I found too.