An act of violence that surpasses all comprehension claimed 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012. On that day, what the nation thought was improbable – and perhaps impossible – became a reality. On that day, we were reminded that our lives are composed of a series of moments; and in just one of them, everything can change.
While some debate whether the solution is to bear arms or lay them down, MSNBC journalist Ann Curry has a different answer. Curry has issued a national challenge: She is asking that all those who are willing do one good deed in honor of each of the lives lost until 26 acts of kindness have been reached. Now, I am proposing that we, Francis Marion University, do the same.
I am asking every organization and individual student who feels that they have something to contribute to the community do so thoughtfully and with a gracious heart. No act is too small, but remember, these deeds are dedicated to children and those who gave their lives to protect them. Therefore, if you are able to donate time or skills, let your contribution respect the significance of the cause.
What I am suggesting is not a competition. To “pay it forward” is to improve the life of another through charity and spread the spirit of philanthropy to as many as you can. It serves as proof that a single act – one moment of opportunity – can create desired changes.
So, for Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Rachel D’avino, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Dawn Hochsprung, Madeleine Hsu, Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Anne Marie Murphy, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Caroline Previdi, Noah Pozner, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Benjamin Wheeler and Allison Wyatt, I am proposing that we, Patriots, pay it forward.