The beautiful thing about the holidays is the feeling that you get when you help another person. Whether it be for a spouse, a child, a friend or a complete stranger, the gift of giving is the best gift of all. Unfortunately, once the holiday season is over, many of us forget that there are people in need all year around. There are people around us who have struggled greatly this year, and this is none the more the evident than with people who have suffered from gun violence. From the Aurora shooting to the Newtown elementary school massacre to the senseless shootings that occur each day, there are victims born each day, and it is our job to show them that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Someone once asked Fred Rogers what he does when he has to tell children about horrific events that occur all around us. He quickly remarked that he remembered what his mother told him when he was young. He said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers–so many caring people in this world.” This message rings true for the recent violence that happened in Aurora and Newtown as well as for the smaller events that occur each day but don’t make splashes in the media.
The Aurora shooting in July and the Newtown elementary school massacre produced many victims and showed the darkness that humanity can produce, but at the same time, it showcased the strength in the American resolve to help one another when people are in need. Citizens donated to the victims, golden retrievers were sent to children to put a smile on their faces and show them that innocence can still exist in a dangerous world, and the President even shed a tear and expressed his helplessness in the face of something he couldn’t control.
We can never forget those people who suffered, and we must do all that we can to remember Fred Rogers’s words. We must always be helpers, so those who were victims and the children who watch these events happen on the news know that there is good in the world.
Chris is a freelance writer from New Jersey who writes on a variety of topics. He is currently at work on his first YA mystery novel.