Decmeber 20, 2012
Working at Save the Children, I thought one day I’d help earthquake survivors or war refugees in some remote land. I never thought I’d be part of our relief efforts in my neighboring community.
When Save the Children was called on to help families in Newtown, there was no hesitation. Responding to requests by community leaders and the American Red Cross, we sent teams to do what we’ve done around the world for decades – help children in crisis.
What we've done in Newtown is some of the most important work we've ever done. We provided children who were frightened, confused and in some cases not speaking, with a safe and warm place to play, feel protected and express themselves.
One child said to me, “I like it best right here”.
We created an environment where the kids became content and did not want to leave...painting, playing with play dough, making ornaments, writing on our mural and creating bracelets brought a calm and peace to these kids, and actually created a setting they could partially control. These kids stepped back into a school in a way that was constructive and healing, the opposite of what so many experienced that dark Friday in Sandy Hook.
As a parent, I also value that we gave parents a reprieve to get much needed counseling while their children were in good care.
Save the Children is unique because we can focus 100% on kids and their needs - that is what we do. In Newtown, we provided exactly what the community needed for their precious children, the moment they needed it.
I am humbled to be part of our volunteer effort. It gives me comfort that I can help my neighbors in need.Parents, click to read our