On today’s episode of the GIVE podcast, we bring you Scarlett Lewis of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. This nonprofit was born out of unimaginable tragedy – after Scarlett lost her 6 year-old son to the #SandyHook mass shooting.
Days before he died, Jesse wrote “Nurturing, healing, love” on the kitchen chalkboard. Scarlett turned pain into passion and now teaches us to problem solve and find solutions by choosing love. Please listen to this important episode and Share!
Today we bring you Scarlett Lewis of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. This nonprofit was born out of unimaginable tragedy – after Scarlett lost her 6 year-old son to the Sandy Hook Active Shooter crisis in December of 2012. She turned indescribable heartbreak into love-driven education for other youth and parents. The aim of Jesse Lewis Choose Love is what the name implies – to create a society where individuals problem solve and find solutions through choosing love.
In the aftermath of her son’s murder, Scarlett was surrounded by a community fueled by anger, finger-pointing, and blame. The shooter had mental health issues and anxiety and individuals and media found blame with his mother for the access he had to weapons. Scarlett knew in her heart that ultimately, these were not the reasons for the shooting, and they wouldn’t stop future active shooter situations. A note written on her kitchen chalkboard by her son before he died confirmed her belief. “Nurturing, healing, love” were the words Jesse Lewis wrote on that chalkboard. These words inspired Scarlett to take action.
The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement works to promote the healing of society through love and the development of empathy. If people are able to find loving ways to work through issues and are shown love, love will provide the solution. The foundation is guided by four principles – Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Compassion in Action.
Their website is a wealth of information and contains information on all of the programs they currently have in place. They encourage visitors to their site to use this information and get involved in any way that they can in their local community.
How can you help?
Take the oath on their website to “choose love”
Participate in the programs
Bring these programs into your community
Spread the word
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Where to find the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement
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