01/08/13 A plea went out on facebook recently asking people around the world to show their care and concern for the people of Newtown, Connecticut by sending them snowflakes. Not the real kind of course! Rather, paper snowflakes. The kind we all learned to make in elementary school. It was titled “Snowflakes for Sandy Hook”.
The instructions were to cut out snowflakes, send them to the Connecticut PTSA. When the children and school staff arrived back at school after Christmas break the snowflakes would be hanging in their school as a reminder of all the people around the world who are thinking about them and praying for them.
Miller’s Senior Living Community Activity Director Cindy Flagg told the residents about the idea and asked if they would like to be involved. They readily agreed and Friday afternoon a group of residents, staff and volunteers gathered in the Recreation Center with scissors in hand. Within an hour they had cut over 100 paper snowflakes. Staff person Jenny Wagers taught the group how to fold coffee filters and instructed them on proper cutting techniques. Volunteers Tracie, Autumn and Makayla Wilson and Audrie Burton were on hand to help where needed.
There was much conversation during the paper cutting. The snowflake cutting brought back memories of school days and how things have changed over the years where schools are concerned. The hour flew by and when it was time to clean up not only were the paper snowflakes ready to be shipped ; but, it looked like it actually snowed on the carpet with all the tiny snips of white paper lying around.
The group ended the snowflake session by writing a letter of encouragement to include in the package of snowflakes to the Sandy Hook students. Each person who helped with the project signed their name to the letter.
Photo: Jean Schricker and Annie Minker of Miller’s Senior Living Community share a laugh while cutting snowflakes to send to “Snowflakes For Sandy Hook.”