A client of mine lives in the Parkland, FL, area. She asked me to use my experience as a journalist and columnist to create a tasteful blog post/social media post showing the company’s support of the local community, without exploiting the tragedy.
She also wanted to link the post to legitimate donation sites (above). We also added photos of victims linked to donation sites.
HEADLINE: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy met with Parkland community heroism, unity and acts of kindness
HEADING TWO: ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’ Romans 12:21
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy has left those of us living and working in-and-around Parkland, Fla. with feelings of disbelief, overwhelming sorrow and anger. While the senselessness of this event is impossible to digest, we have found some comfort in the heroic acts of teachers, students, parents, emergency responders and more.
The loss of lives came to 17, while 15 more were wounded. It’s impossible to name all the heroes and the tremendous loss to our community. We in Parkland have a responsibility, however, to honor these losses as more than statistics, more than a political debate, more than another tragic headline.
Broward County and our nation has lost future leaders, future families, continued acts of kindness, acts of charity, acts of dedication and time and future acts of commitment to our children.
HEADING TWO: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy shows nation how to move forward
Thirty-five-year-old Scott Beigel, a geography teacher and cross-country coach, was one of the heroes. He lost his own life protecting the lives of students. Beigel was ushering students into his classroom and attempting to lock the classroom door when he was killed.
Aaron Feis, age 37, an assistant football coach for the Eagle’s, was seen running towards the sound of gunshots. Coach Feis died after throwing himself in the path of gunfire to protect students.
Nicholas Dworet, age 17, was recently accepted to the University of Indianapolis on a swimming scholarship. Had he survived the shooting, he would have been headed to his future this fall.
While some heroes have been identified and honored for their actions, many others will never get the recognition and honor they deserve. Please take a moment to remember these lost lives and the lives forever touched by this tragedy. To help with donations, please visit the GoFundMe site established for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by the Broward Education Foundation.
Other GoFundMe.com sites have been established for individual victims and families.
Let’s move forward with hope and show the rest of the nation how to push forward when things feel hopeless. Let us honor those most closely impacted by responding with our own acts of kindness and compassion, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.
To remain updated on grief counseling, victim funds and other ways to help, visit the Broward County Public Schools’ website.