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Bring Comfort through Music

Though I am not an expert on this subject, I believe people need routines and new hope for those who are hurting after any disaster. I am especially concerned with the affects of this disaster on children.

Can churches or the Salvation Army set up outdoor masses to bring some sort of routine to people? There could be inspirational songs to sing and live music to help sooth hurting hearts.

A chorus of the youth could be organized. They could practice singing songs of hope and inspiration on a daily basis. Then they could sing these songs at emergency shelters, among other places.

There is something soothing about the sounds of bells. Perhaps, the Salvation Army could organize talented bell ringers at places like the emergency shelters, as well. Perhaps these bells could be rung with the choruses. This may help cheer up hurting hearts.

There are many quotes about courage, inspiration and HOPE. For example, "Hope never abandons you, you abandon it." Another, "while there's life, there's hope." Can the Salvation Army produce and distribute inspirational quoted shirts for both kids and adults alike? Can some EMTs wear a few of these newly printed shirts that have these quotes on them. Perhaps, these shirts could be made by the youth. A generator could be brought in to do this. And this same generator could help heat that same building these kids are practicing music. Are there other ideas out there to bring comfort to those who are hurting? Or am I missing something?

Submitted by davidbthelen 1 year ago

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  1. *Part of DMH is just this -getting kids back to school, providing daycare so parents can work/kids play; schools provide art therapy.

    *BELLS? No! Have you ever been around anyone stressed, traumatized, or suffering a PTSD relapse - bells (any noise) makes folks edgy, jumpy, nervous, and irritable.

    *iPods with music of choice, noise-cancelling headsets -work to an extent.

    *Right now, a lot of families and communities are GRIEVING the many deaths.

    *EMTs wearing hope shirts are not going to be too welcomed or even comforting right now.

    People need to know what help is coming, and when (no lies, no rumors - just the facts). Folks need to be around calm people, with non-religious, non-hopey clothing. Just my two cents - I live in this area and it's bad. Community spirit comes and goes.

    1 year ago
  2. SECOND THE MOTION OF MidnightTrain.Missing something? This is possible. What the issue shifts to is public building safety and security (schools, court houses, libraries, etc.).Accordingly, prohibiting unauthored entry is the core resolution. Solid doors requiring card-keys avoids an unauthorized individual breaking a glass window on a door to gain entrance. People need to know what help is coming, and when (no lies, no rumors - just the facts). Folks need to be around calm people, with non-religious, non-hopey clothing.

    1 year ago