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.


Krystie Fenton December 19, 2012 at 11:35 am

My heart aches for the torment and fear you encountered on that horrible day. As a nurse, we’re subject to so many things day in and day out, whether it be a scrape of a child’s knee, to holding a hand of a family member when getting bad news. But we wear so many hats, and know at the end of the day, we’ve made a difference in what we’ve done.
I don’t think there are any of us that could truley say we know what you’ve gone through, or even fathom what you are going through today. But please know….our hearts are heavy, and we too cry at the very thought of what happened. We are your colleagues, and we stand by you through this difficult time. We are mothers of small children….and appreciate what you’ve done in your role as the school nurse. You are us, who can’t be there when my 5 yr old scrapes her knee at school; you clean it up, and make it feel better, until we can get there.
Thank you for all that you’ve done, and please know you have a community of colleagues to reach out to when you are ready.

laura curbow January 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

Why is their so much hate?can’t we learn to have more fate!Why do they take away our love ones ,when their life is not ready to be done.For all the sweet children who are gone and all the famlies who is wondering what went wrong.We need to learn to hate less and love more.And no that god has opened the doors to allow the sweet lil angels to come in and listen to him on the floor.So the families will no he loves them so.And now they can rest in peace before the wind starts to blow. Our press are with you .Laura Curbow

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