When I read the news out of Connecticut, my heart broke at my desk and I cried.
I am sure I was not alone.
I think we can all agree that children are meant to be loved, protected and nurtured into a full life. Hearing that the most innocent members of our society were hurt violently struck a vulnerable chord in all of us. It made us think of our schools, our families, our children and we were scared.
I was scared.
As I watched the banter and commentary unfold online, I could not comment on the devastating tragedy that would leave mommies and daddies without their precious babies. I worried for the children who would grow up with PTSD. I wondered how any of them would ever sleep, eat or attend school again.
It seems like a ninja should be able to do something other than sit at a desk and cry all afternoon.
Saturday morning, I took some gift cards for admission to Impression 5 Science Center and left them at a McDonald’s Playland.
I did not give them freely.
The envelope had instructions:
We may not all have children. We may not all be parents.
But we are all capable of loving and encouraging the families in our #LoveLansing community. We can all work hard to be the kind of home where they feel safe. Although we cannot always prevent bad things from happening, we can all assure them that in their time of need, we will be there for them.
The Lansing Ninjas send their prayers, light, hope and love to the community of Newtown, Conn. We are so very sorry for your incredible loss and honor all of the men and women who bravely fought to protect the innocent.
With all my heart,
P.S. It’s rare that a mission is executed and we hear from the “finder” before we can even get the blog posted. But that happened this weekend. And we love the story we got back. Here it is, from Julie, the “finder”:
“Are these your BOYS???” my husband was asked at McDonald’s today by a man. So he’s thinking, “What did they do now?!”
The man hands my husband an envelope with a gift card to Impression 5 inside.
What a wonderful gesture by the Lansing Ninjas. They are performing good deeds throughout the city of Lansing.
My faith in humanity was just restored a little bit today 🙂