By Diane Ako
I spent part of my youth in Connecticut. Not near Newtown, but still, in the Constitution State. I have wonderful memories of three elementary school years there, and have maintained friendships with my classmates from West Hill Elementary.
The Sandy Hook shooting affects me not just as a mother, but as someone who holds Connecticut close to my heart.
My friend Steph May is even more deeply affected by the tragedy - so much so, that she is raising funds in her own way to support the families. Says Steph: "Along with all of us in Connecticut and across the country and world, my heart broke on December 14, 2012 when we lost 26 beautiful souls in the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. In the days and weeks to follow, I felt, along with so many others, that I needed to do something. I wanted to create a lasting memory of those lost on that horrific day.
I have been working with my favorite jewelry designer, Beth Philbin, owner of Heart on Your Wrist Jewelry to design a memorial charm with represents the sorrow, support and hope that all of us feel for the victims and their families and the community of Newtown. Beth is an amazing artist and I have personally purchased countless pieces from her. We feel this charm, which can be worn as a bracelet, necklace or keychain, is a beautiful keepsake so we will never forget what happened that fateful day, but hopefully learn from it and bring some peace to our hearts. All proceeds of the sale of the charm will go to the Newtown Memorial Fund."
I think it's beautiful - not just the charm itself, but also the loving gesture. It brings tears to my eyes.
Here's the link, should you wish to support this effort: http://www.heartonyourwrist.com/etched-candle-memorial-necklace-p-989.html