CJ here -
What started with @TheJulieBenson's tweet: "OK, let's shake some shock and be proactive. Maybe starting a toy drive for the traumatized little one's who survived? Something like that?" has now become a full fledged pledge drive.
I admit this campaign is a knee-jerk reaction to what is transpiring hundreds of miles from me but at this moment I don't really care. As a father of a child nearing kindergarten I can't even wrap my head around what the children and families in Newtown are going through right now.
Rather than helplessly stare at the television, I'm starting this campaign to raise whatever funds I can to help those effected by this madness. All funds raised will be distributed to a reputable beneficiary in Newton, Connecticut that will aid the families effected.
Julie here -
Off the heels of reading a stream of disturbing political and emotional tweets, I asked CJ to help me DO SOMETHING. Let's be proactive. Laws and finger pointing do little than give us something to gripe about in the echo chamber that is social media. Today we can make a difference in these children's lives. So thank you for feeling the same and donating to this great cause. CJ and I won't make a penny from it - this is all just us putting our money where our mouth(s) is...are.
We are looking into the United Way of Western CT as a potential recipient after a local charity page asked that funds be sent there. We will keep this page updated with any final decision.
Thanks for your help.
CJ Dugan / Julie Benson
Chicago, IL / Los Angeles, CA
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