The Newtown Action Alliance kicked off the #HonorWithAction campaign at the New Britain YWCA Monday.
The campaign is aimed at honoring the memory of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook shooting by performing acts of kindness.
“Read with a child, volunteer at a food bank, put some money in the meter for the next person who’s holiday shopping” said Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D – Fifth District) at the event’s kick-off. “Take some time to reach out and help someone else.”
On hand for the event was Marie Morosky, now a third grade student at Hawley School in Newtown, who had friends killed in the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School two years ago. Some of her favorite books were read to pre-school students at the YWCA by Rep. Esty and US Senator Richard Blumenthal who was also on hand for the event.
“I miss my friends who were killed on December 14th” Morosky said as she wore a green sweater, the color that’s come to be symbolic of Sandy Hook. “I honor their memories with action.”
Sen. Blumenthal said he wants Congress to act on some kind of sensible gun control legislation, but added that it should start with universal background checks for all gun buyers. He said he hopes the #HonorWithAction campaign sends a message to Congress.
“Each of us can commit acts of kindness that will honor them, remember them, rekindle, and renew hope” he said.
The Newtown Action Alliance will also load more than 50 people on a bus later this week to bring the #HonorWithAction campaign to the nation’s capital.
Po Murray who helped to organize the campaign said, “I think the best way to honor with action is to take some kind of meaningful action to remember those victims and act to change the laws in this nation so that we can keep our children and families safe.”