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Local Girl Makes Bows to Raise Money for Newtown Victims

8-year-old Bailey Maginnis is making and selling green and white ribbons in honor of the CT victims.

Bailey Maginnis recently handed out ribbons to the Natick Police Department in honor of the victims in Newtown, CT.

The Natick eight-year-old told her mother she "wanted to do something for the kids" and has been making green and white ribbons and selling them for $1 apiece, and the money will be going to a charity to help the victims.

Bailey's mother, Laura, said in an email that they're still looking online to decide exactly which charity the money will be given to in order to help the victims. She said she thought that they would like to contribute to a permanent memorial if they made one.

Bailey also gave out ribbons to her classmates in schools, and the Natick Fire Department also bought 100 ribbons. She had made over 1,000 "Bailey's Bows".

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ANTONIO TESO January 03, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Diane in all due respect Bailey Bow's are first and foremost are made freely to any and all of those individuals who want them for free! Bailey told her Mom that she wanted to do something for the kids and in their memory! The $1 per bow idea was mine and agreed upon by her parents and monies will be donated to one of the many charities which have been established for this tragedy. Hundreds of Bailey's Bows have been tirelessly made and distributed free of charge to local students and as far away as Ireland in remembrance of the lives lost.
Richard Pope January 03, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Diane, as a person involved in emergency management, I can tell you that what is actually needed IS money. All solutions, like problems, are local. Right now, what the various local charitable organizations need IS money. Newtown has actually asked that people stop sending things like cards or stuffed animals and so forth. Let's say that a 501c3 organization wants to do something for the kids, the firefighters, the police or the teachers. Sadly, they can't convert cards into tickets at amusement parks or what have you. That's where currency comes in. I would argue that money DOES actually help. Also, I am somewhat appalled that you would have the temerity to criticize a project that is being run by an eight-year-old. At least she's doing something about it. That's a heck of a lot more than I can say about most others. Let's teach our children that no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. Let's teach our adults to support our children rather than criticize them for being proactive.
Robert Rosen January 03, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Richard, thank you for using your experience to help us all understand where some of the money goes when given to charities in situations like these. I also think that some of the money goes to help pay for counseling and other medical treatment for the victims as well.
Richard Pope January 03, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Mr. Rosen, absolutely my pleasure, sir. Just for the sake of transparency, the amusement park scenario is completely invented on my part. However, monies raised will absolutely be used to pay for medical treatment and PTSD-type counseling for victims and first responders. I can say with authority that there's a ton of work going on behind the scenes that no one really hears about that will require funding.
Robert Rosen January 03, 2013 at 05:22 AM
Thanks, Richard. I knew the amusement park scenario was just a made up example, although in this particular situation it might not be a bad idea for the young children who witnessed the shooting. It might put a smile on their faces. :)

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