There won’t be much mention of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut this past week on the podcast (for a variety of reasons, including not even being able to write this without crying!), but our hearts go out to everyone touched by this tragedy.
At the time we recorded, there wasn’t a lot of information about what people could help the students and families at Sandy Hook Elementary, but we’ve collected a number of resources on the Ravelry group that I’ll also list here.
If you want to help, please take a look through the links, and please let us know of other opportunities in the comments.
To help using your wallet:
The families in Newtown that lost loved ones on Friday still need financial help to pay for funerals as well as for everyday things during a time when they have to take time off work to deal with everything. John Tesh’s radio show has collected a number of links of organizations offering help in the community, as has ABC News. These groups should be legitimate; if you come across others, please carefully check out any links to people or groups raising money after this or any other tragedy that you may find. Unfortunately there are always a few scammers that crop up at times like these.
To help using your needles:
There are a number of drives that have started to make stuffed animals, blankets and other cozy, comforting things for those affected. Please look for updated information on each blog or forum to see what the needs are and whether they have reached their goal, or what the status is (if they’re just gathering interest at the moment, whether they have a contact with someone in the community, whether they’re ready for people to send items, etc.). They include: