In the midst of the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, a group of golden retrievers mixed and mingled with grieving relatives, residents and first-responders, working to comfort and heal hearts broken by a shooter who killed 20 children and six staff members in Newtown, Conn.
Three years ago, our 18-year-old daughter took her first trip overseas to work with a non-profit that helps families in Guatemalan coffee-growing regions. It was a good experience for her. The day she was scheduled to come back to the States, though, she called me in a panic. Her huge suitcase, loaded up with not only clothes but also about 80 pounds of gifts, had just burst open at the seams, and she wanted to know what to do.