I don't understand why or how this happened and my heart BREAKS for those who have lost someone they loved. I know that I have never in my life faced a pain like theirs and I pray for comfort for them... what else can you pray for, really? As someone who has experienced the heartbreak/fear/despair/fill in the blank as a result of dear family members who suffer from mental illness, this hits particularly close to home for me.
There's a quote from sweet Mister Rogers that has gone viral since the tragedy took place last Friday:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world.” — Mister RogersAs someone who grew up watching Mister Rogers, this simple quote has given me much comfort in the past few days. Wee Little Stitches has taken a line from that quote and designed a new cross stitch pattern of it:
This lovely pattern can be purchased for $5.00 at Kitschy Digitals and 100% of the sales goes to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund and NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness). Not only that but all of proceeds for every single Wee Little Stitches pattern bought on Kitschy between now and Friday will also go to these two organizations. How unbelievably generous is that?
I've bought one of these patterns for myself to make for a loved one and have bought another one to giveaway to one of you, so that you can share this simple- yet moving- bit of hope with someone you love. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post between now and noon EST Friday, December 21. I'll announce the recepient that afternoon.
Thanks so much for reading; I'm grateful for each one of you. Let's do our best to love and comfort every single person we meet and to help those who need it.