Parents Of Sandy Hook Victims Launch #1MillionHearts Campaign For Valentine’s Day
YAHOO.COM - "Sandy Hook Promise," the organization formed last month
to honor the 20 children and six adults killed in the Newtown, Conn.,
school shootings, has launched a social media campaign for Valentine's
Day to mark the two-month anniversary of the massacre.
The group, which includes dozens of parents of the Sandy Hook
Elementary School victims, is asking supporters to send virtual
Valentines on Feb. 14 using the hashtag #1MillionHearts.
Participants can share the messages on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest from a page on the group's website.
Alyssa Milano, rapper will.i.am and Jennifer Hudson, who performed at
the Super Bowl with a Newtown children's choir, are among the celebrities
who have already pledged their support for the #1MillionHearts
initiative from their Twitter feeds.
"I'm sending a valentine to #Newtown with #1MillionHearts for @SandyHook," Hudson tweeted. "Join me."
Lee Shull, co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise, said Valentine's Day
"seemed natural to create a special way for Americans to continue
channeling their love and support."
Last month, the group held an emotional press conference in Newtown to promote a national dialogue on gun violence, mental health and school safety.
"This is a promise to do everything in our power to be remembered not
as the town filled with grief and victims but as a place where real
change began," Nelba Márquez-Greene, whose 6-year-old daughter Ana was
killed in the Dec. 14 shooting, said.
The group stopped short of taking sides in the gun-control debate.
"Some of us are gun owners," Tom Bittman, co-founder of the initiative,
said last month. "We hunt, target shoot, protect our homes. We teach our
sons and daughters how to use guns safely. [But] we're not afraid of a
discussion about responsibility and accountability. The bottom line is
we must act. We can't let this happen again. Doing nothing is no longer
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