To counteract the horror of last Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., NBC News correspondent Ann Curry tweeted a suggestion on Saturday for everyone to commit 20 acts of kindness in honor of the young lives lost there.
“Tens of thousands of people on Twitter and Facebook not only seized the idea, they increased it to 26 acts, to include the heroic teachers, and are launching acts of kindness big and small all over America. The acts are spreading overseas,” Curry wrote yesterday.
At least three of the shooting victims were animal lovers. Why not commit a few acts of kindness by contributing to charities in their honor?
Catherine Violet Hubbard, the little girl with flaming red hair, “will be remembered for her passion of animals and constant smile,” her family wrote in her Newtown Bee obituary. Catherine will be buried tomorrow. In lieu of flowers, her family is asking for donations in Catherine’s memory to the Newton Animal Center. You can make a donation online or send it to PO Box 475, Newtown CT 06470.
Ever since she was 2 years old – just four years ago – Charlotte Helen Bacon had wanted to be a veterinarian. “Charlotte never met an animal she didn’t love,” her family wrote in her obituary. They have asked for donations in Charlotte’s name to be sent to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 85 Mt. Pleasant Road, Newtown CT 06470.
Victoria “Vickie” Leigh Soto, the 27-year-old teacher being hailed as a hero for saving the lives of her students while losing her own, was a devoted dog mom to a Lab named Roxie, “who waited for her to come home every day, and is still waiting, lost without her,” according to her obituary. Her family has asked for donations to the Victoria L. Soto Memorial Fund for Education, through the Adzima Funeral Home.
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