A few weeks ago, a friend of mine asked me about the charity. They wanted to know why it was started. What was the purpose of it? Why donate? Why Gamers for Sandy Hook?
To answer that question, I have to step back to February 14th, 2008. A terribly tragedy that happened at NIU that day. Five students lost their lives. That entire day is forever etched in my mind. I remember what it was like being there, seeing the frightened people. We watched the helicopters hover above campus – took in the fear and uncertainty.
That’s when I noticed something that horrified me even more; the tragedy was used to promote political agendas. People from every side of the aisle were shouting “if my political belief was in play, this wouldn’t have happened.” People were looking for easy answers and something to blame. They were using what happened to make sure their own agenda would go through.
Is this the right action to take?
Again, why Gamers for Sandy Hook?
We live in a dangerous world. There’s no way around that. Part of growing up is learning to accept this and deal with it in our own way. Yes, the illusion of safety is nice. But it is just that, an illusion. All we can do is prepare ourselves and look out for each other to keep each other as safe as we can.
There is only one appropriate response to tragedy: Compassion. The community needs time to heal and to grieve. That’s what happened in DeKalb on NIU campus. That’s what is happening at the Sandy Hook community. I truly believe that we all should do our part to show compassion for the community. Give them a way to heal and grow rather than pushing our own views onto the situation. We as a community of gamers can do this.
So please, look into your hearts and find a way to support the charity. Donate if you can – and if you can’t, you can still help. Spread the word about the charity. Even a link on our site on your Facebook page will help give us the exposure we need to succeed.