Boxes of Love

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Parenthood, Play, Uncategorized | 5 comments

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After hearing the news of the devastating tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, our hearts broke. Big T and I have been wandering around the house in a daze, crying, hugging Baby T and Little M, and feeling fearful, disgusted, intensely heartbroken, and helpless. Big T grew up in Newtown, a quaint little village where the flagpole in the center of town is the biggest landmark. It’s a town where everyone knows each other, a town that’s so pretty it makes you tear up a little, and most of all, a town where you feel intensely safe.

At least that’s the way it used to be.

For us, hearing about the tragedy, it’s hard to shake that feeling that you don’t quite feel safe anywhere anymore. I can’t imagine how the families of the kids and faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary feel. My first reaction when I heard this was anger. Insane, gut-wrenching, incomprehensible anger. All I could think of was justice and revenge. There wasn’t a scenario evil enough in my mind to get back at this guy and make things right.

Nothing will make the situation right. And anger and fear… well, they just don’t seem constructive. It seems a little counterproductive. Kind of like the “two wrongs don’t make a right” thing.

So, in our family, we’re shifting the anger to love. All I can think of to do is to send boxes of love to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary and Newtown. So that’s what we’re going to do. At Tmuffin’s Play Cafes this week, we’ll be making heart-based artwork to send to Sandy Hook Elementary. We would love it if you could join us.

Here’s How You Can Help:

**If you’re local, come to one of our Play Cafes this week, either on Tuesday, December 18 or Friday, December 21. (We’ll have free coffee, and the $6 admission fee will go toward supplies and help us ship these boxes to Newtown, as well as help schools that are joining us from other areas ship their own boxes of love).

**If you can’t make it to the Play Cafe, you can still join us:

  • Give your kiddo some extra mommy time this week and get together at the kitchen table, the kitchen floor, or the easel for some heart-making creative time. Drop the artwork off at Tmuffin.
  • Does your child go to school, preschool or daycare? Get them involved! Talk to your child’s teacher and tell them what we’re doing. If their classes can create some heart art, you can gather it and drop it off at Tmuffin, or we can pick it up.

**If you don’t live in Wilmington, here’s how to help:

  • Ask if your child’s school would be willing to have the kids create some heart art.
  • Contact Gaby at Tmuffin. If you have a large collection of artwork, we will gladly pay for your shipping cost. Write a letter to provide in your package, or print out the letter below and add your own signatures, messages, and love.

Boxes of Love Letter

Let us know if you ship out a Box of Love! We would love to keep track of how much love is going out into the universe instead of the numbers of tragedy.

(UPDATE: The Town of Newtown is accepting deliveries as of now.)

The address is as follows:

The Town of Newtown

3 Primrose Street

Newtown, CT 06470

 

What Kind of Artwork Can you Make?

The sky’s the limit. Crayons and paper work. Cut out paper hearts from colored paper and have your child make a collage. Whatever moves you. If you want to, check out our Boxes of Love Pinterest page for inspiration. (Pinterest used to allow the public to post to boards, but they no longer allow that unless I invite you. If you have some great heart art inspiration and want to pin it, leave me a comment at the bottom of this post with your Pinterest name, and I’ll add you to the board. Or just leave the link in the comments!)

What do you Tell Your Kids?

Older kids might have heard about the tragedy, and the process of creating boxes of love may help to eliminate some of their fear and hopelessness and help them focus on love, a sense of community, and a way to help those in need. Younger kids who might not quite understand can just be told that there are families who need some extra love this holiday season, and they can help to send them that love.

Want More Information on How to Help?

Contact Gaby at Tmuffin by calling 910-367-5722, emailing gaby{at}tmuffin{dot}com, or filling out our contact form.

5 Comments

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  1. Dee Ording

    I am a TA at Topsail Elementry School and would like to help. Please contact me with some suggestions for artwork etc. Thanks

  2. Amy

    Love this idea Gaby. Sending it to my children’s teachers to consider. So sorry that this hits even closer to home….I heard a thing today on Dharma Talks discussing how hatred will only be defeated in this world by loving compassion. So true..Amy

  3. Sarah Cobb

    A box of live was sent out today from Springdale, Arkansas!

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