THIS WEEK’S FEATURED CAUSES
This week, we’re focusing on remembering Newtown and lost loved ones, with fundraising campaigns to cover travel expenses for gun violence survivors, support a family that lost a son and fund a health clinic in Kenya.
Vigil for Newtown Families and Gun Violence Survivors
The Newtown Action Alliance held a vigil on Thursday to honor the more than 30,000 people who lost their lives lost to gun violence over the last year. The vigil took place just a few days before the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which killed 20 children and 6 teachers. The group created a fundraiser to help cover travel expenses for survivors and families to attend the vigil at the Washington National Cathedral. They’re almost a quarter of the way to their goal of $26,000. A contribution to the campaign will support these families and individuals who have come together to grieve.
The Smelser Family
The Smelsers of Arendtsville, PA, are grieving the sudden and recent loss of their son Adam. A family friend, Stephen Rouse, set up this fundraising campaign to honor Adam’s memory by providing his family with emotional and financial support to help them get through this difficult time.
“Just hearing [Adam's] name bring so many hilarious [and] encouraging memories,” writes Stephen.”As the Smelser family goes through the coming days and weeks, I know many of you are wanting to help. There is much that we cannot do separated by distance, but I want to make sure that there’s one dimension of all this they don’t have to worry about: money.”
Visit the Rally campaign to see this bittersweet tribute to Adam.
Brothers for Bolo
Niall Gannon’s life was forever altered when a priest from Kenya came to speak to his church in Clayton, MO, about his dream of building a health clinic in his native village of Bolo, Kenya.
“Gretchen and I had felt a calling to begin doing more giving outside the U.S. and this seemed like a perfect project,” said Niall. “We told Father James we would build the clinic for him. Two months later, after he returned to Kenya, Father James was murdered by an armed gang. We committed ourselves to continue, and even expand the project to honor his life and his love for this community. Last month, my brother Liam (who is a medical doctor) and I traveled to Kenya to officially open it and see the first patients. You’ll see from the picture (to the left) that it is still at the cinder block level but two exam rooms are open. He and another Doctor (Father James’s brother) saw 500 patients over (the course of) two days.”
NOTABLE NEWS STORIES
Read the news stories below for an in-depth look into some of the important work and worthy causes our Rally leaders are invested in doing to make our world a better place. There are plenty of great
- The Guardian: Newtown is no longer just a place, but a movement
- Mobile Press-Register: Arby’s manager runs first marathon
- Huffington Post: The Solution to the S.T.E.M. Crisis
MORE USERS IN THE NEWS
- WMNU-FM (Marquette, MI): Save the Wild U.P. celebrates winter and the environment
- Sacramento Bee: Water Cooler Group Divisions Join Forces For #HonorWithAction Campaign For Newtown
- Middletown Press: Newtown group holds D.C. vigil for firearms victims
- National Catholic Reporter: Letter signed by interfaith leaders urges Congress to pass gun control laws
- CT News Junkie: Newtown Foundation Heading to D.C. to Remember Victims of Gun Violence From All Over U.S.
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Events to honor Newtown shooting victims
- Cherokee Ledger-News: School board nixes anonymous donor idea
- CBS (New York): Newtown Residents Head To National Cathedral To Honor Victims Of Gun Violence
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