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Thirty Blankets Donated to Newtown, Connecticut

December 17, 2012 Mary S. Wallis

“Blankets of Comfort and Security”
Monday, December 17, 2012
 
I was watching CBS National News regarding Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut with my husband Mark and my father the evening of the 14th of December, 2012. The devastating news felt like it crushed my heart. Tears welled in my eyes. The incessant questions of “why…” roiling in my brain. The image of children being draped in blankets to guard against the December cold and perhaps shock from the emotional trauma of being part of such a tragedy. Blankets with the intentions of comfort and security being placed with care around the ones who were suffering. It occurred to me: that is our mission. To supply comfort and perhaps a sense of security to individuals who suffer using the tool of a blanket infused with healing and loving intentions.
 
We often take for granted the sense of comfort that a loving hug brings. But when we are mourning the loss of a loved one who has recently passed; when we feel the cold blade of tragedy scar us deeply with insecurity and bewilderment; we crave the comfort that being swaddled can bring. Being wrapped in a blanket can mimic the feeling of an embrace. It is our intention to offer a vehicle that one, brings comfort from a warm security blanket, and two, carries healing energy with intentions of love, security, and patience.
 
Why patience? We are beings of time and space. We need time to heal, to mourn, to process, to learn, to grow, to move onward into the rest of our lives. Being accepting of our pain while being receptive of pain’s message often brings a sense of calm. Peace and calm during challenging times can help us regain balance. With balance, we can traverse difficult terrain.
 
When family is touched by tragedy, we want to reach out and ease their suffering. Mark and I are no different. We see our distant family in Newtown and want to help. What we have to offer are Te A Te Reiki Healing Energy Blankets. Many have co-operated to get them into the hands of the families who have suffered such incredulous loss. Improved Performance Inc. is presenting to Sandy Hook Elementary a blanket to hang somewhere in the school. Sandy Hook fire station and Sandy Hook police station will receive a blanket each for their healing. Our hopes and desires are that this will bring comfort to the survivors and aid them in their journey back to balance.
 
We are deeply grateful to Hazelwood, MO Fire Chief Dave Radel, Newtown Fire Marshal Bill Halstead, Bobby Schmuck, and Bill and Peggy Harrison. Thank you also to our teachers and those who have purchased blankets. Without the support of these compassionate souls, this donation would not have been possible. And to our Facebook fans, thank you for your encouragement.


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