At this time when most families are preparing to get into the holiday spirit and children are perhaps at their most excited; the peace of a small town in Connecticut was shattered this morning by the senseless massacre of 26 people; 20 of them toddlers and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My name is Jonathan Joseph Ganjian, a local Connecticut non-profit consultant and Buddhist entrepreneur.
I am starting this campaign through my own organization Art of Dharma www.artofdharma.org My business partner from art of dharma, Kyler Hamilton, and I hope that through our almost two million readers as well as the CT community which I have called home we can raise money for the families affected by this senseless tragedy.
To those who have accused this of being a PR stunt for AOD. This is flat out and uequivocally NOT the case. As a Buddhist organization AOD could not be in a better position to look to our community of compassionately minded people for support. To those of you offended or upset by the inclusion of AOD with this campaign I apologize, and would be happy to discuss the issue privately.
These funds are to help those affected with:
counseling costs (after the period where grief counseling is available through many wonderful social service agencies and compassionate professionanls)
toys for the children traumatized by the event. Many news reports include children wondering if "they'd still have Christmas"
if funding comes through above and beyond to establish a scholarhsip, college or memorial fund for survivors of the Sandy Hook Tragedy. All further useage of the money subject to open public debate and discussion. We are a community, let's act like it. An overwhelming response may promt the establishment of a gun-violence organization, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.
ALL FUND USE WILL BE SUBJECT TO PUBLIC VETTING!
ALL FUNDS WILL BE DIBURSED TO VICTIMS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THE NEWTOWN COMMUNITY.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:
PLEASE share this campaign with your FB friends and family.
Get the word out through your local business
If you are able to provide and services in kind for the families (food donations etc) please contact me via e-mail. Jon@artofdharma.org
LOCAL VOLUNTEERS TO HANDLE THE CLERICAL SIDE OF THIS PROJECT, PLEASE LET ME KNOW YOUR AVAILAIBILITY. I WILL BE FREE AFTER 4 PM TODAY (FRIDAY DEC. 14) FOR COMMENTS, OUTREACH AS WELL AS ANY AND ALL COLLABORATION.
Though I am from a few towns away, I cannot sit idly by and do nothing, please, join with me to help save the holiday spirit for my area; we are a small and close-knit communtiy which depends on each other; help me do my part.
Jonathan Joseph Ganjian and Kyler Hamilton