“Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Mister Roger’s Mother
Newtown resident Scarlett Lewis, founder of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation, is among the helpers.
“I have dedicated my life to being in service following the murder of my 6-year-old son, Jesse,” said Lewis, who lost Jesse in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. “It’s really based on his chalkboard message that I found shortly after he died where he had written three words — nurturing, healing and love.”
The words weren’t spelled that way — he did it phonetically — but the meaning on the kitchen board was clear.
“I think that when something like that happens to you, you realize that we are all just here on earth to help one another, and when we do that, when we practice compassion in action, all of the nurturing, healing and love that we give out comes back. It is very healing to me as well.”
There was a lot of need before coronavirus hit and there’s even more now, so there’s more opportunities to serve, she said. “Our ultimate message — choosing love over fear — literally comes from Jesse’s message… It’s so essential in this time.”
The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement offers digital content for people of all ages. And now that Lewis is home through July, because all her speaking engagements have been postponed, new features have been added and more are on the way.
There’s everything from online lessons and videos to podcasts, activities you can download, and ideas for projects — such as drawing inspiring messages with chalk on your driveway, or creating artwork with positive words to display in your windows.
“We’ve been livestreaming ‘Choose Love’ lessons directly into homes for parents and their kids and caregivers. We are starting a webinar series April 2, focused on self care, which is vitally important because we can’t care for others unless we care for ourselves.”