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The Tragedy in Newtown, CT Hits Home

By John Markowski @jmarkowski0

I'm not here today to debate gun control or mental health in the wake of the brutal tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT last Friday. Instead, I wanted to share something with you all that has tugged at my heartstrings since last Friday.
A classmate and friend from high school lost his daughter on Friday. This news brought these tragic events even closer to home. Having two young children myself, I can't even begin to imagine what the family is going through and will go through in the days/weeks/years to come. There are no words to describe it.
The first thought was "How can I help in any way possible?". The words of support on Facebook are overwhelmingly supportive but the truth is, what can we really do in a time like this? I have mulled it over for days and could not come up with anything.
But then I saw a new group that was formed on Facebook supporting the family's wishes to have those looking to donate not send flowers to the family, but donate to the Animal Center in Newtown, CT. The family's daughter Catherine was a huge lover of animals and what better way to honor her memory than to donate to such a worthy cause.
So I am here today not to pressure anyone into donating, but if you are willing and looking to donate in some capacity after this tragedy, please consider donating to The Animal Center.
You can access their Facebook page here.
And their website here.
You can also read the story of this beautiful little girl here.
Thank you for taking the time out to read this.

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