The capacity for so many to be moved to try and help provide solace in this dark hour is truly inspiring. It is truly the best being brought out in thousands of people.
But let us also reference a statement released by the Hardy family calling for space and time to heal, and for the focus to be kept on remembering those who have been lost.
In the wake of such dramatic tragedy, it can be difficult to cope with the size of the loss simply because there is no way to change things. We grasp for ways to make a difference, to show those insurmountable emotions. That might be sharing a story, or lighting a candle in vigil. Now, let us heed a simple request and turn toward healing.
Rather than (or in addition to) taking to social media, we would suggest another type of remembrance: a donation suggested by the families in lieu of flowers for Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers. Donations may be directed to the Deanna Marie Rivers Memorial Scholarship, c/o Shenendehowa Central School, 5 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park, NY 12065, and the St. Colman’s Autistic Program, 11 Haswell Road, Watervliet, NY 12189, in honor of Stewart’s cousin, Andy.