I don’t know a mom out there who isn’t upset over the Aurora, Colorado, movie shootings, and doesn’t feel some urge to help. Possibly because we all know this could have happened anywhere, to any of our families, or maybe it’s just because it was so senseless, but we do feel a responsibility to reach out to our friends in that region, to see if we can help in some way that matters.
The tragedy feels a little close to home to me. My teenaged son works in a movie theater. My husband and three of our children were at our theater for the midnight release of the Dark Knight Rising. I know how fortunate I am that it was just a typical night at the movies for them. But it wasn’t typical for my friends in Colorado, the wonderful ladies I’ve come to know intimately through their blogs. Several are part of my Traveling Mom community and we see each other on trips once or twice a year. Others were part of an online group we joined to help build our blogs, but ended up building friendships.
I adore these women and the struggles they face in their day to day lives, and that was before this horrible shooting. I love them even more now, because they are standing together, leaning on each other, through all of it.
I want them to know they can lean on us, too, so I’ve put together a list of some ways we might be able to help them. The list was shared by my friend from Aurora, Chris Bird, of www.MamaBirdsBlog.com. She tells us in this post about what made Aurora special before we came to know it as that place where something horrible happened one night. And then tells us how the people will continue to make it memorable.
If you’d like to help, here are just some of the relief funds set up to aid victims of the Century 16 theater shootings and their families:
and a few additions to the list: