This time, it’s not even about being an expat. It’s about being a parent, a resident of a small, sleepy town, and a fellow human.
After noticing there was a destination address for sending messages of condolence for residents and victims of the Newtown, Connecticut rampage shooting, I suggested to Koala we draw pictures for some people who are very sad in America. And maybe our pictures will make them feel better.
He was happy to comply, as was Bebe. Maybe teaching compassion and empathy this early is an important part of the cultural solution to today’s twisted society.
With love to Newtown, from Tzur Hadassah, Israel.
You can send your own messages and letters to the following address:
Message of Condolence
P.O. Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470
…or send a message online. The NYTimes has an entire list of ways to donate money and volunteering to Newtown and its residents, including the local United Way, local churches and other Newtown family and counseling services.