26 moments that restored our faith in humanity this year.

The tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday, December 14th, has left us shaken to the core and asking seemingly unending questions.

On Saturday morning, I received an email that included a link titled “ 26 Moments that Restored Our Faith in Humanity this Year”. As we were all struggling with the why and how such a tragedy could occur, this collection of anecdotes describing the wonderful acts of kindness performed by everyday people helped remind me that there is an abundance of good in the world. Each individual deed might be a small gesture but when you combine them, we discover a powerful testimony to the strength of compassion.

It is easy to feel helpless at a time like this but maybe by reaching out to someone and adding a bit more good to the world, we can start the long healing process.

“Keeping our children safe, and teaching them well, is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of a community, and the help of a nation. And in that way, we come to realize that we bear a responsibility for every child because we’re counting on everybody else to help look after ours; that we’re all parents; that they’re all our children. ” ~ President Obama

The holiday season has always been a time of giving but now it seems all the more important to involve ourselves and our children in helping others.

Unger takes Schoep into the lake so that the water could soothe the arthritic 19-year-old dog to sleep.

Unger takes Schoep into the lake so that the water could soothe the arthritic 19-year-old dog to sleep.

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Written by Marilyn Levin

Founder and director of READ New Orleans, a program for parents and children aged 6 months to 5 years that focuses on fostering a lifelong love of language and books.

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