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.
We hope 2013 is off to a great start.
See you all soon,
MANNAM Volunteer Association, Boston Team
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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.
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.
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.
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
I was not in the USA 11 years ago…however, I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard and saw…
Today, I just want to take a moment to remember those who laid down their lives, putting everything aside in order to help others, as well as those who lost their lives in this tragic and heartbreaking act.
New York Fire Department looking through rubble for survivors
World Trade Center Memorial Lights
A nation grieved, a people united, a city rebuilt. The world will never forget.
9/11 Memorial Site
9/11 Memorial Site waterfall – where the towers once stood
Earlier this month MANNAM-Boston went to volunteer at Cradles to Crayons (C2C). It was amazing to learn about what this organization does and how they serve children in need throughout Massachusetts.
Dave Cotugno, Volunteer Coordinator for C2C, very graciously gave us a full tour of the facilities after our volunteer shift, and we got to see and hear how everything is run and organized.
What Cradles to Crayons does: “We help kids in poverty: kids who don’t have shoes that fit, or a coat warm enough to fend off winter winds, or a backpack to take their books and supplies to and from school. When kids don’t have these basics, they suffer. They have a hard time learning in school. They don’t feel valued. Cradles to Crayons provides homeless and low-income children with the essentials they require to thrive – to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued.”
You can read more about this organization here.
MANNAM-Boston will be establishing a continued relationship of support and volunteerism with Cradles to Crayons.
Check our events page for information on the C2C clothing drive running through July 13. We will be delivering all items collected on July 20, at which time we will also be volunteering from 1:00-3:00pm. Come join us! The more volunteers = the more clothing packs we can put together, and ultimately the more children we can reach …and it is a blast being there and helping out! (children 5 years and older are welcome to come and help out too, so bring your kids, friends, neighbors, nieces, and nephews too!)
Contact us if you are interested in volunteering on July 20, and helping with the clothing drive running through July 13.