That I wasn't willing to feel – ever again – was helpless
On the nights when I wake – usually around 2:30 a.m. – to a pillow damp with tears, I know I've been dreaming of Dylan.
Maybe we've been at the park, or on the San Diego sky ride, and I've been hearing his joyful laughter. Or maybe I've been back in the Sandy Hook firehouse – waiting, helplessly, for a beautiful little boy who would never come home.
I still feel many emotions as sharply as I did that awful December day – pain, anger, confusion, and yes, sadness. But one thing I decided early on that I wasn't willing to feel – ever again – was helpless.
No one should ever feel helpless when it comes to preventing gun violence in their schools and neighborhoods. That's why Sandy Hook Promise is launching Promise Communities – and why I need your help right now.
Sandy Hook Promise Communities – offering tools, programs and training in the areas of mental wellness and gun safety – will be open to anyone ready to start a conversation and make change in their community. It's a huge and exciting undertaking – but we still need to raise $52,576 by May 5 to help fund its launch and our grassroots outreach campaign. Can I count on your help today?
Click here to donate $10 or more now to help Sandy Hook Promise launch Promise Communities. Every dollar you give is 100% tax-deductible and will go a long way towards preventing gun violence and saving lives.
As I travel the country, talking with families, local groups and legislators, the frustration with congressional inaction on gun safety and mental health is palpable.
I know you're tired of waiting for change at the federal level. I am too.
That's why our Promise Communities launch is so important – and the need for resources is so urgent. Once our new digital platform is up and running, no one will ever again have to say, "If only there were something I could do." They will have the tools and the engine and the community to start making the changes we all seek.
We've already heard from hundreds of supporters interested in starting Promise Communities. Now we need to make sure we have the resources to help them follow through. I know we ask a lot of you, but this is your chance to help make real, meaningful change in schools and neighborhoods around the country. I hope you'll take it – and give what you can today.
Click here to make your tax-deductible donation of $10 or more now. Our Promise Communities will offer not just hope but real tools for preventing violence – but only if we make this launch a success.
This is a huge moment for Sandy Hook Promise – and an important milestone for our grassroots, parent-powered movement for change. It's also one of the few things that help me through those wakeful, awful nights – knowing that we are making real and meaningful change.
We look forward to sharing news and best practices from these new Promise Communities as they grow. In the meantime, thank you again for supporting Sandy Hook Promise and helping me honor Dylan, and all the lives lost to gun violence across our country, in such a powerful, purposeful way.
Nicole Hockley (Dylan's mom)