This is our first post since the unimaginable tragedy in Newtown, CT last week. There are no words to express the sadness of such innocence lost. These events have forever changed the lives of those grieving the loss of their children, loved ones, neighbors and educators, as well as every one of us. As parents of a young child, and living just a few minutes away from Newtown, we are still trying to come to grips with how to handle this situation now, and going forward.
We have been forcefully reminded that everyday we spend on this earth is a gift. We have been thinking about all our campers and staff, past and present, and continue to pray for all of your safety and well-being. Thank you for being a part of our lives and the Vega family. Your smiles, laughter, friendships and accomplishments mean more to us now than ever.
As caretakers of children during the summer, we are thoroughly reviewing our security and emergency protocols, and will do so continually throughout the year and during the camping season. Vega has been a paradise, a safe-haven, for generations of girls and we will do everything in our power to keep your children safe.
We have all been asking ourselves what we can possibly do to help relieve some of the grief for the families and residents in Newtown. The United Way of Western Connecticut has taken a leadership in role in channeling donations and messages of condolences:
- The United Way of Western CT’s Facebook Page has information and links for donations, tributes, and condolences
- The Newtown Post Office has dedicated a post office box for people who want to send letters of condolence, care packages, drawings from children, etc. The address is:
Messages of Condolence for Newtown
PO Box 3700
Newtown, Connecticut 06470
- Make a DONATION to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
Please take a moment to appreciate all that you have for we all have so much to be grateful for. We wish all of you the happiest of holidays, and a safe and healthy New Year.
Kyle and Emily