Letters to Newtown

by Nursetopia on December 19, 2012

NursetopiaByMailThe US Postal Service has made it easier to send letters of support and encouragement to the Newtown, Connecticut community. You can send your letter, postcard, picture, whatever to whomever – teachers, parents, first-responders – to P.O. Box 3700, Newtown, CT 06470.

Me? I will definitely write a note of encouragement, yes – to a colleague – Sandy Hook School Nurse Sally Cox, who hid underneath her desk while the gunman came into her office, called 911 – along with the school secretary – after the gunman left her space, and then spent the next four hours in her supply closet. Do I personally know her? No. Does that matter? No. She is my colleague, and I will support her and encourage her because that’s what we do for one another.

I have purposefully avoided listening or reading about Newtown. With a 2-, 6-, and 7-year-old, it’s a little too close to home for me. My heart aches for Sally Cox and so many others in Newtown. One small note is the least I can do – even if it’s just to let her and others know I am thinking of and praying for them.

Will you please join me today? Will you take five minutes of your time to write a note of encouragement to Sally? I imagine you and I would both love to hear from others if the roles were reversed. Let’s honor Sally together. And, if you have school-aged children, pause and thank your school nurse before the holiday break.