Spokane community reaches out to CT shooting victims


by Shawn Chitnis


Posted on December 18, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 5:30 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. - Writing letters, composing music, or making a cash donation are some of the ways people from the Inland Northwest are trying to help the victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting as they mourn their loss from thousand of miles away.

"It could have happened here," said Rachel Ross. "It could have happened at my niece's school, my nephew's school."

Ross and her friend Aimee Goold decided to create a support fund for the victims. The account is managed by STCU under member number #283054 but can be accessed through any local credit union.

"Even if you can only give five dollars just to show that Spokane from a far is thinking of them as well," added Goold.

Jennifer Van Cott hopes to help from Spokane as well by writing letters. The Gonzaga University senior has 30 notes so far and plans to send a copy of each to all the families impacted by the shooting. You can send her a letter to include at this email address: jvancott@zagmail.gonzaga.edu.

"Words in general are an easy way to express your sympathy and empathy, and sorrow," said Van Cott.

One letter talked about expressing emotions and offered words of comfort to any of the families that may end up reading the note.

"Feel what you are feeling, when you feel it," Van Cott read out loud from one letter. "Be angry when you need to be angry and then move through it and trust that your loved ones are at peace."

Spokane musician Scotty Nicol went to his piano on Friday to express his sadness on Friday. He posted a video on YouTube the same day: http://youtu.be/M7WQfbi5Ldc

These four individuals are a few examples of the many in the Inland Northwest keeping this tragedy close in their thoughts even if Newtown is far from Spokane.