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    Days Fifteen, Sixteen, & Seventeen: Helping Hands

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    Good afternoon everyone!

    I need to begin by thank you all for your kindness, and your words of support and prayer. They are greatly appreciated. The good news: our scallywag is feeling much better. He's eating well, and is in good spirits. The fever was still with us last night, but we feel like things are moving in the right direction. Our little boy is acting more like himself. He's no longer exhibiting any other symptoms. We think since he's been cool for several hours today and yesterday that his little body is on the mend. One can hope and pray!

    Day 15

    Prayer has been on our lips quite a lot lately, especially with the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. For Day 15 we decided to quietly lend a hand by donating to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund created by United Way in conjunction with a local Newtown bank.

    We felt so helpless and stricken on Friday. As parents, we wanted to do something immediately, but didn't know what we could do beyond praying. The Sandy Hook School Support Fund was ideal for us, and can be for those of you who wish to offer your support to the grieving families and community. The Fund will help provide counseling, medical assistance, help in covering funeral costs, and so much more. Please read what United Way has to say about their efforts to support the Newtown community.

    United Way extends our most sincere condolences and prayers to all those families affected by the devastating events in Newtown/Sandy Hook, Connecticut. While the eyes of the world may be on Newtown/Sandy Hook, to several staff, volunteers and contributors, Newtown is home. We will stand with the community and everyone affected directly and indirectly by this tragic event as we face the days and weeks ahead.

    United Way of Western Connecticut is committed to providing support and resources where and when they become identified and needed. As people from our area and beyond respond to this heartbreaking tragedy, they are turning to United Way looking for ways to help. In response, United Way of Western Connecticut in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank has created the 'Sandy Hook School Support Fund' that will be able to provide support services to the families and community that has been affected.

    Check donations may be mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470 Or may be dropped off at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location.

    You can also donate here.

    Day 16

    Hours before my son's health took a dramatic downward spiral, Sunday took Eldest and I into our own community. With the weather being bitterly cold, rainy, and generally unpleasant, we decided to help out some people who are always kind enough to help us. Going around our grocery store parking lot, we gathered every loose grocery cart and brought them back to the store.


    People were in such a rush to avoid the weather they were leaving the carts all over the place. It didn't take us as long as you might think, but it was definitely not too fun. Our hands were numb, we were wet and cold.


    But we still felt good! For a little while, the people who are always so kind to help us to our cars with groceries could stay inside where it was warm and dry.


    The holding areas went from almost empty to completely full.


    Day 17

    Speaking of full...I've seen many people loading up their grocery carts for their Christmas dinners. It's almost as intense as Thanksgiving. We know how costly this time of year can be. Travelling, gift giving, preparing meals, putting up friends and family in hotels~it adds up very quickly. With this in mind I thought it would be nice to help people out a little with their groceries.


    It's not much, but there were two people that were incredibly happy to get a little bit of a break with their grocery bill this afternoon. And that, my friends, is ultimately what this is all about.

    Small gestures are what move mountains. When you perform that unexpected act of giving, you are changing someone's day. You may even inspire them to perform their own act of good will. You may not think so at the time, but the good you do does make a difference!