Over the last several days, you've heard the story of Emilie Parker, one of 20 children who tragically lost their lives in last week's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Her father, Robert, is a Texas Rangers fan, and her uncle, Jeremie, lives in the DFW area. You've also seen this picture of Emilie and her father:
You've also watched her father's powerful press conference:
And read her father's poignant statement of gratitude:
We have been very humbled at the response received over the past few days and by the countless kind gestures, words and prayers offered to every family of every victim. I am grateful that the words spoken on Saturday night have found a way to be of comfort to some. The numerous requests to learn more about our dear Emilie have been truly humbling. Although no one can be prepared what to do at a time like this, I do know for certain that it is imperative that we all spend more time with our families and focus on those who are most precious in our lives.
May we use all our energy and strength to overcome this terrible tragedy. May we focus our energy on those who were taken from us and let their memories inspire us to do good. May we look for opportunities to give service and work toward bettering our communities. I feel that if we can do these things we will again feel empowered, and we will make a difference. Remember these beautiful children; keep them close to our hearts. Do not let their bright shining faces become extinguished. Let us do everything in our power to ensure their light will continue to shine brighter and brighter in all we do to remember them.
Adam is currently running a donation drive to the Emilie Parker Memorial Fund on Lone Star Ball, and Jamey will be collecting donations for the Emilie Parker Memorial Fund at the Newberg Report Bound Edition release party at Sherlock's in Arlington. It's my understanding that the Texas Rangers will be making their own donation, as well. There are numerous other collections being taken up both online and in person for the Emilie Parker Memorial Fund and other funds going to benefit the families of the victims, and the outpouring of public support in the wake of this senseless tragedy is a beautiful, bright light in a dark time.
BBTiA will also be collecting donations for the Emilie Parker Memorial Fund. If you would like to make a contribution through BBTiA, send your contribution via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org -- I will be sending the total contribution early next week. Or you can contribute through LSB, or at Jamey's party, or however you'd prefer to do it. If you have the means and the inclination to contribute, your genorosity will be felt regardless of which contribution channel you select.