I can’t do it.
I can’t sit around and feel helpless. I just can’t sit here 864 miles away and do nothing. I can’t and I won’t.
I, like so many others, sat speechless on Friday. The first news I received was via Facebook, a post from my best friend: “Going to hug my babies tight when I see them. Thinking of everyone in Newtown/Sandy Hook.” My first thought…She is not an alarmist…something is not right. I immediately texted her and frantically searched the internet on my phone for information. Once I had confirmation her children were safe I was able to breathe a sigh of relief. Then I sat, in shock, for the rest of the day. I continued to share updates with her via text, since neither of us wanted to talk on the phone and risk upsetting our young children.
Although she does not live in Newtown, she lives in Brookfield, one town over, she knows many people there. There are the women who are in her Moms Club, who are in her book club, whose children play with her children at the local parks and play places. These are her friends. I knew there was a very good chance that she could know one of the victims. I never fathomed that when all was said and done she would know 4 of the innocent children who were so violently taken from their loved ones. I can’t even imagine.
After speaking with her I decided I would like to spearhead a local drive to support “Operation Fuzzy Wuzzy II.” They are a local Connecticut group that will distribute Teddy Bears to the children of Newtown. The bears need to be new and un-wrapped. I will be happy to pick up any Teddy Bears. If any of our local business owners would like to be a drop location please let me know! Teddy Bears will be accepted through Dec. 24th so I can ship them to Connecticut by the 28th.
Why am I doing this?
I can’t sit around and feel helpless. I can’t sit here 864 miles away and do nothing. I can’t and I won’t. This is my best friend. She grew up here in Plainfield, she is no stranger to tragedy having lived through the tornado. I am doing this for my own children: my daughters in high school who I worry about every day when they leave for school and my six-year-old who I never worried about before Friday when I walk her to the bus stop and kiss her as the bus rolls up to the stop. Most importantly, I am doing this for the children of Newtown, so that hopefully this small act of kindness can help these children as they move forward.
I can be reached directly at 815-685-5090 to arrange a pick up for the Teddy Bears.
Great News! Here is the list of business who will be accepting Teddy Bears from now until December 23, 2012:
Eich’s Sports - 24316 W 143rd St, Plainfield, IL
The Perfect Invitation- 24046 W. Lockport Street, Plainfield, IL
Aurelios in Plainfield – 14421 Wallin Drive (Rt. 30), Plainfield, IL - Free little pizza with each teddy bear donation!!
St. John Lutheran Church – 2650 Plainfield Rd., Joliet - official drop off times on Wednesday Dec. 19 evening from 5-8 and Saturday Dec 22 evening from 5-6:30pm and Sunday Dec 23 morning from 8am-12.
Bounce Town- 126 B Kirkland Circle, Oswego, IL
Coldwell Banker Honig- Bell: