Too many new hugs to count
This is the Youtube video to what I will be saying at the Candlelight Vigil tonight for Sandy Hook Elementary School. I would love for you to join the vigil remotely. I will be hosting it at 7pm this evening. The video is incredibly quiet, so below is the dialogue of what I say:
Thank you for joining me this evening as we lift our healing thoughts towards Sandy Hook.
(pointing to a sign) These are the names of the 27 innocent people who lost their lives on Friday. Tonight we will hold their names in our hearts while we acknowledge that they are now safe and nothing can hurt them anymore. We will turn our attention to those that need it most, their families, the teachers, the survivors, the first responders, their community, our nation.
I have read often over the past few days a beautiful quote by Fred Rogers, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” That is why we are here tonight. We are helping Sandy Hook heal by showing them that they are thought of and loved. We are healing ourselves by committing to this small act of kindness. We are healing others by showing them we are an example of those helpers. For that I am grateful to each one of you.
I will now read the names of each of the 27 victims. When I am finished we will have 1 minute of silence to hold their families in our hearts, to send thoughts of healing to their community, or to just think thoughts of love.
Charlotte Bacon, Rachel Davino, Josephine Gay, Dylan Hockley, Madeleine Hsu, Chase Kowalski, James Mattioli, Anne Marie Murphy, Jack Pinto, Caroline Previdi, Avielle Richman, Mary Sherlach, Benjamin Wheeler, Nancy Lanza, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Ana Marquez-Greene, Dawn Hochsprung, Catherine Hubbard, Jesse Lewis, Grace McDonnell, Emilie Parker, Noah Pozner, Jessica Rekos, Lauren Russeau, Victoria Soto, Allison Wyatt
*1 Minute Silence*
Thank you. My family and friends live in Newtown, the town right next to the one I grew up in. While all of my family and friends are safe, they are reeling from the change in their small community. I invite you to please sign the card if you haven’t already. I will be sending that to my Mom at their local newspaper, The Newtown Bee. I have asked her to display it where it will be most helpful.
I would love for you all now to join together in singing Silent Night as we conclude this evening. Mere words can’t express the amount of gratitude I have for you all this evening.
Please accept this blog as my virtual healing, peaceful hug to you all.