Oswego professor coordinates holiday card drive for children impacted by mass shootings


    After only three days, Schildkraut had more than 2,100 cards collected, already above the total from a similarly impressive effort in 2017. (Photo provided by SUNY Oswego)

    SUNY Oswego criminal justice professor Jaclyn Schildkraut is coordinating an effort to send thousands of holiday cards to children impacted by mass shootings, including those in Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, and Parkland.

    “Cards will be sent to kids who lost loved ones in recent mass shootings to make their holidays a little brighter,” explained Schildkraut.

    The effort began last year when Schildkraut wanted to bring some relief to children who lost parents in the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 and injured another 546. She would later add those impacted by a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas which killed 26 and injured 20 on Nov. 5, 2017. This year the project also will include children who lost siblings and parents in the Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and staff members while injuring 17 others.

    “You can do as many or as few as you would like. Every little bit of love helps,” Schildkraut said.

    The goal is to have all cards sent to Schildkraut by Dec. 17 to make the Dec. 20 postal deadline.

    For more information on how to help, email Jaclyn.Schildkraut@oswego.edu.

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