After a deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut, people all over Facebook offered support for the families, teachers, and everyone else affected by the tragedy. Through Causes, a social donation and awareness platform, an online card for those left in the wake now has nearly 2 million signatures — by far the record for a petition on that program. The petition has also been shared on Facebook more than 4 million times.
Only one other petition on Causes has even gone past the 1 million signature mark, but this one currently has more than 1.8 million, with no signs of slowing.
The petition was launched by David Paine, the co-founder of 9/11 Day. Signatures have come from all over the world.
Here’s the text of the online card:
To: Community of Newtown, Connecticut, including the families of the victims and the survivors and their families.
Our Sincere Condolences.
We wish to express our deepest sympathies to all of the families of those lost, to the survivors and their families, and to the others impacted by the senseless and unthinkable tragedy that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We cannot begin to comprehend the depth of your sadness and grief. Please know that we care deeply for you and we join with you in sharing your sorrow and pain. We only hope that you receive some measure of comfort in the knowledge that we, and an entire nation, stand with you during this extraordinarily difficult time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Image courtesy of the City of Newtown’s website.