I’m going to ask you to consider doing something. Something I wouldn’t normally ask.
Because normally I like to think of KOAB as a low-key, fun place. A place where you come to save some money, get some budgeting inspiration, and maybe try some new kosher recipes.
But I’m not feeling very fun and low-key tonight. The tragedy in Newtown, CT is pulling at my heart. And I know I’m not alone.
So, I want to use this platform to take a moment and ask you to consider giving something – something monetary, if you are at all able – to support these grieving families.
I just looked at the KOAB Facebook wall and realized that there are over 4,200 “fans” of Kosher on a Budget.
If each one of us gave just one dollar — surely you’ve saved $1 by following KOAB, no? – we could provide $4200 to these bereaved families. $4,200 to help pay for the multitude of costs they will incur over the next days, weeks and years.
If each Facebook fan donated $5, that would make $1000 for each bereaved family that lost their precious first grade child.
How many of us have a first grade child? (Or grandchild? Or niece or nephew?)
While we can not help these 26 families with the ultimate price they have paid, we can help to defray funeral expenses, travel expenses, meal expenses, counseling expenses. Those are costs that we *can* help to absorb.
There are a number of organizations that have been established to support the Sandy Hook victims’ families.
The United Way of Western Connecticut is one of them.
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.
Smaller, more grassroots efforts are also being established to support many of the individual families. One such fund is Noah’s Ark of Hope Fund.
I know about Noah’s Ark of Hope because I (coincidentally) follow sweet Noah Pozner’s aunt, Victoria Haller, on Twitter (her handle is @VDog).
Noah Pozner was among the children who died in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday, December 14, 2012. This link has been set up to accept donations to this irrevocable trust specifically for Noah’s surviving siblings, two of whom were also in the school that day, in different classrooms.
The funds received will be used to provide counseling services, education and basic needs for the children at this time of grief. Noah leaves behind his twin sister and three other siblings, and is the youngest victim in this horrible tragedy.
Also, please consider sharing your love and appreciation for your children’s teachers tomorrow. Send a note of thanks. Bring in some muffins and coffee. Give them a hug. Thank a Teacher Day is a grassroots effort that was launched over the weekend in response to the courage, love and dedication the teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary demonstrated on Friday.
May the memories of these sweet children and their selfless teachers be a blessing to their families and to all of us.
Charlotte Bacon, age 6
Daniel Barden, age 7
Rachel Davino, age 29
Olivia Engel, age 6
Josephine Gay, age 7
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, age 6
Dylan Hockley, age 6
Dawn Hocksprung, age 47
Madeleine F. Hsu, age 6
Catherine V. Hubbard, age 6
Chase Kowalski, age 7
Jesse Lewis, age 6
James Mattioli, age 6
Grace McDonnell, age 7
Anne Marie Murphy, age 52
Emilie Parker, age 6
Jack Pinto, age 6
Noah Pozner, age 6
Caroline Previdi, age 6
Jessica Rekos, age 6
Avielle Richman, age 6
Lauren Russeau, age 29
Mary Sherlach, age 56
Victoria Soto, age 27
Benjamin Wheeler, age 6
Allison N. Wyatt, age 6