CREATED Dec. 17, 2012
Millard, NE- Mass shootings open up a lot of old wounds in Omaha. We've seen two, at Westroads mall and Millard South High School. But out of the evil, comes a lot of love. Toys are being accepted at three area locations. Randolph Elementary in Lincoln, Wahoo Middle School and at Divine Shepherd on 150th and Q.
A teacher at Millard South is helping lead the effort. The Millard district knows all too well the pain of Newtown. Someone killed the assistant principal there last year, and wounded the principal.
All week you can drop off toys, cards and messages of love to send to Newtown. Because nothing will change what happened, but small gestures can help comfort children who are hurting.
"The whole thing they're going through is just heart wrenching and we just needed to do something." David Privett is leading the drive in Wahoo and says it's unimaginable to have the innocence of little children stolen from them. He hopes the drive will at least give the kids joy for Christmas.
While many questions remain, perhaps no one will wonder why more than the young survivors of that day...the toy drive is just one way to help heal the minds of children still suffering.
New unwrapped toys, stuffed animals, money, cards and wishes of encouragement will be collected through Thursday, then Friday, volunteers will drive to Newtown to deliver the toys in time for Christmas.