Heartbreak for Boston

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Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.

Let us love each other more today than we did yesterday…and the days before yesterday.
Divided we cannot stand, but together we can change the world.

prayforboston

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MANNAM International ~ Forums

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Hi everyone,

MANNAM International has created a new “Forums” section on their website and is inviting anyone and everyone who is interested to share their ideas and thoughts, and offer their suggestions and viewpoints on a variety of different topics.  It is a great way to connect with others across the globe, all working for peace.

Here are the links:Mannam Logo

We hope 2013 is off to a great start.
See you all soon,
MANNAM Volunteer Association, Boston Team

Last visit to Cradles to Crayons for 2012

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Today was the last day of work for all the wonderful and kind people at Cradles to Crayons before they get a very well deserved one week break for the holidays. Mannam-Boston was lucky enough to be able to spend the morning with everyone, helping out in the Toy Factory. We cleaned toys and assembled ToyPacks for kids in need across Massachusetts.

Giving of your time to impact and make a difference in somebody else’s life is probably the best way to spend any morning. We are all looking forward to heading back to Cradles to Crayons in 2013.

Happy Holidays everyone! MannamBoston at Cradles to Crayons MannamBoston at Cradles to Crayons MannamBoston at Cradles to Crayons

The are no words… “Rest in Peace Sweet Angels”

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There really are no words to express our heartache and shock at this desperate tragedy. We just wanted to take a moment to remember the sweet children and brave teachers that lost their lives the morning of December 14 – a day that will never be forgotten.

Most of the children taken away 12.14.12

Most of the children taken away 12.14.12

In some cases, staffers both saved students and managed to escape with their own lives. In a classroom, teacher Kaitlin Roig barricaded her 15 students into a tiny bathroom, pulled a bookshelf across the door and locked it. She told the kids to be “absolutely quiet.”
“I said, `There are bad guys out there now. We need to wait for the good guys,'” she told ABC News. [Huffington Post]

Others were not so lucky.

Victoria Soto

Victoria Soto

This is Victoria Soto, she was only 27. As the shootings started she hid her 16 students in the closets and cupboards. When the shooter came to her classroom she told him that her class was in the gym. He shot and killed her and then later turned the gum on himself. Not one of Victoria’s students was harmed.

Today she is a hero, and her bravery will never be forgotten.

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” – Mr Rogers

These are the names and ages of the 26 Sandy Hook Elementary School victims, our hearts go out to their families. May they all rest in peace.

Names of Sandy Hook victims

Photo Credit: George Asencio (Facebook)

Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Rachel Davino, 29
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6

[Source: Connecticut State Police]

Our deepest condolences go out to the Sandy Hook Elementary School families devastated by this tragedy. Our hearts break.

Rest in Peace Sweet Angels

Announcement: The Toy Box in Hanover [Special Offer for Santa’s Sandy Hands]

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the toy boxThe Toy Box in Hanover has very generously gotten involved with Santa’s Sandy Hands and MANNAM-Boston by offering the following:

  • 25% discount for anyone purchasing toys for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Project (Santa’s Sandy Hands) between December 1 – 10.
  • They will also be donating some toys for the children and families displaced because of the storm

This is a very kind offer, and MANNAM-Boston and Santa’s Sandy Hands are very grateful for their help and generosity.

So, this year do your Christmas gift and toy shopping at The Toy Box, and while you are there pick up a little something extra for those children whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The Toy Box
1376C Washington Street
Hanover, MA 02339
Phone: 781-826-3750
Email: toybox5@verizon.net

Gift TagsPhoto credit: Santa’s Sandy Hands Facebook Page