If you've seen the news recently, you are aware of the tragedy that happened in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In a moment, 26 lives were senselessly snuffed out by a desperate and depraved individual. Those 26 lives that were stolen were 26 too many, but in addition to the lives that were taken that day, the innocence of countless others were swept away with the first bullet fired. Children now fear going to kindergarten and parents fear sending them. It shouldn't be like that. It just shouldn't. Our country is heartbroken for these families, this school, and this community. Newton Connecticut, we love you and we mourn with you.
But thankfully, in moments where humanity shows its darkest face, someone else shines a light. Nothing can changed what happened that day or bring those precious lives back, but an outpouring of love can be given to those left to deal with the aftermath. Ravelry, an awesome knit and crochet community has come together on a project to provide soft, lovable stuffed toys (referred to as 'monsters' simply because that is the name of the pattern that is being used) for every child in attendance at Sandy Hook. There is also a facebook group where you can learn more about this project if you'd like to get involved. (If you would like to be a part of this endeavor, be sure you go through the official project site as it assures proper coordination and that these little guys get where they need to go!)
Newton, Connecticut, we love you. We pray for you.