This morning I was awakened with a flurry of kisses and hugs. Roo and Jasper presented me with lovely crafts they made at school for Mother's Day and made me feel very special. Many mothers weren't as lucky today, having lost their children to needless violence. It's hard to imagine losing a child at any age but obviously the events at Sandy Hook hit close to home since so many of the victims were just about Jasper's age.
This post was written on behalf of Sandy Hook Promise, which was created by four of the mothers who lost kindergarten age children in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy this past December. The organization is aimed at preventing another one of these devastating tragedies by promoting common sense solutions to gun violence.
Signing this Mother's Day card is an easy and touching way for you to show your support, especially on this weekend (Mother’s Day), when the mothers of Sandy Hook Elementary, and many others who have lost children to gun violence, will need it most.
My name is Mark Barden.
Nearly five months ago, my wife Jackie and I lost our son, and our children James and Natalie lost their little brother, Daniel.
Our sweet seven-year-old was one of 20 children and six adults whose lives were taken on December 14, at Sandy Hook Elementary.
It feels like only yesterday.
In our deepest grief, we have been supported by the love and prayers we've received from millions of Americans, and from every corner of the country. Thank you for letting us know we're not alone.
As Mother's Day approaches, we understand that we represent just a few of the families who have lost children and loved ones to gun violence. Our friends at Sandy Hook Promise have put together this card to give you another opportunity to support not only the Moms of Newtown, but Moms everywhere whose children have been taken by acts of violence. You can click below to sign a Mother's Day card from Sandy Hook Promise:
Join me in letting all the mothers know – mothers of Sandy Hook and beyond – that their children are not forgotten this Mother's Day. And neither are they.
The Sandy Hook Promise begins this way: "Our hearts are broken; Our spirit is not."
Thank you for helping to sustain our spirit.
I wish you and your family the best,