Paying It Forward in Newtown
My name is Beth and my daughter Hannah hosted a Hearts of Hope Party back in February for all of her kindest friends. We live in Sandy Hook, CT and our town has been the recipient of so much kindness over the past several months. My daughter began talking about how much more goodness there is in the world than bad and it sparked an idea in her. She wanted to do something that would allow other people to feel the same sentiments of empathy, kindness and hopefulness that had been showered upon our town during the most difficult of times. So when we read about your initiative to distribute Hearts of Hope to the Wounded Warrior Project and other deserving causes, she knew immediately that she wanted to be a part of it.
She created invitations for a Hearts of Hope kindness party and sent them to 18 different girls in the 6th grade at Reed Intermediate School. Some of the girls were her closest friends, but some of the girls she did not know well but thought they were particularly kind or thoughtful and invited them as a way to recognize that and cultivate a future friendship.
EVERY SINGLE GIRL attended the party which we held at The Newtown Youth Academy, which is like a community center in Newtown. Together, they chatted and laughed and brainstormed some brilliant ideas for creating 40 beautiful hearts of hope, which we mailed to you back in February. I took a photo of their Hearts at their party and wanted to send it along to you. Thank you for creating a wonderful organization that allows people of any age or gender to be a part of. We had such fun together and it will be an annual event every Valentines Day. All the best to you, keep up the GREAT work!!