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Colorado Tragedy: A Day For Hugs

The shootings that happened in Aurora, Colorado were horrific. This event left our staff and volunteers feeling the same as many across the United States. We ask ourselves, “How can something like this Happen?” but have no real answers….just the feeling of shock and disbelief. Our hearts go out to all affected by this senseless tragedy. Colorado has endured so much recently, and this incident only halted the healing process that had started after the fires.

Our volunteers in Colorado – after putting in many hard hours for the recent fires – are in Aurora, providing warm hugs, shoulders to cry on, and emotional support for all affected. This isn’t a “natural disaster” but it is a disaster nonetheless, and we’ve promised to be there for incidents just like this.

So today, while we’re giving hugs and drying tears, we hope that you’ll do the same. Whether it’s to your friends and family, or just a virtual hug to those in need of one. It’s days like this that bring us together and make us grateful for those around us.

Hugs to you, friends.

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  1. How can those of us with relatives in the area find out if our loved ones are on the list of those at the shooting or among the injured? I have a son with a family of 8 and I cannot reach them by phone. Will there be a list of victims we can check against for family members?

  2. Marguerite – Thanks for reaching out to us and apologies for the slow reply. We hope that you were able to connect with your son by now, but here’s where you can search for news of whether a loved one is safe and well: http://www.redcross.org/safeandwell. This is the Red Cross database – there are also lists provided by local government of affected people. Thanks,


  3. Hello,
    I offer my prayers and and spiritual support to the people and families touched by the Colorado shootings. I give encouragement for the Red Cross volunteers who are with these folks. Keep up your ministry of caring!

    I am a chaplain and I am reminded to keep giving those hugs and drying those tears and to walk the journey with people in need of support.

    Take care, God bless and keep up the caring spirit!

    Chaplain Bob Lopez