The following is by contributor Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute.
There is something magical in a new snowfall, particularly for a child. Everything blanketed in white. The world looks new and clean, even a little sparkly. The usual noise seems hushed. It’s exciting and peaceful all at once.
The magic, the new beginning, the peace, that is what the Connecticut PTSA is trying to give to the survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. The children and faculty who lived through the horror will be relocated to another school building as they return from the holidays. No one wants these children to walk into a school with stark and barren walls. In preparation for this, the Connecticut PTSA has organized Snowflakes for Sandy Hook.
The plan is to gather snowflakes from donors and use them to turn this new school into a magical winter wonderland. You can help by putting your creative talents to work and sending your snowflakes their way.
Photo by katerha
Just as no two snowflakes are alike, the organizers want snowflakes of every shape and size. If you’re looking for inspiration, take a little trip over to Pinterest and make a search for paper snowflakes. You’ll find everything from the basic snowflake, to 3-D snowflakes, and even snowflake garlands and wreaths.
Not only will this project benefit the kids and Sandy Hook, but you’ll likely find a little catharsis in it yourself. When tragic events cause us to feel powerless, putting our hands to work for a cause, even one as simple as this, can bring that feeling of power back.
Make it a family affair. Create a blizzard at your kitchen table! Your kids don’t need to know all the details, simply explain that the snowflakes are part of a special surprise for a group of children who need some cheering up.
Send a symbol of your love and prayers in a simple snowflake. Together we can have a little part in creating a pure and peaceful new.
Update 12/27/12: the Sandy Hook PTA says they have had a “blizzard of support” and more snowflakes than they can handle at this point.