Wonderful story via the Daily News -
The mother of slain teacher Victoria Soto received a surprise phone call Wednesday from one of her courageous daughter’s heroes: Yankee Derek Jeter.
The Bronx Bombers captian rang Donna Soto the same day she laid her 27-year-old daughter to rest. The Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher was killed Friday as she shielded her first-grade students from deranged gunman Adam Lanza.
“Vicki loved the Yankees — that was part of her eulogy,” her cousin James Wiltsie said Wednesday night. “No one in the family reached out, so (Jeter) must have heard about it and … reached out.
Wiltsie did not give details of the conversation but did say it was uplifting.
“It was a surprise and unexpected. Donna was ecstatic over it and very happy. She spoke to him for quite some time.”
Vicki’s sister Carlee tweeted the family’s excitment.
“Derek Jeter just called my mom!!!!! Thanks Vicki, she needs it thank you @yankees this meant a lot to my mother and all of us.”
This morning, I had to take my wife to the hospital – to the same day surgery unit. She had to be there at 7 AM for a scheduled 9 AM surgery. (She’s home, fine, and recovering now.) While she was in there, and I was in the waiting room, they were airing (on the TV) the tolling of church bells commemorating one week since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
I was reading Matt McCarthy’s book when it started. And, out of respect for those killed, I stopped what I was doing and paid silent and serious attention to the faces of victims as they appeared on the TV (with the toll of each bell).
There were probably, at least, ten other people in the waiting area and they all did the same thing. One man, in his late 70′s, was very moved and started to cry. Soon after, some of the women there also started rubbing their eyes. It was a very emotional moment.
To be honest, I still can’t get rid of my anger over what happened last Friday. I don’t have the answers to anything that could have stopped it. I know that there are a lot of things at play here. And, they all should be addressed. Nonetheless, again, to be candid, I want someone “to pay for what happened.” But, I realize that’s not possible. (That’s part of the reason why I can’t get rid of my anger, I suppose.)
My heart goes out to everyone who was impacted by the events of last Friday. I know that their lives will never be the same. It’s terribly unfair. To say that it was a senseless tragedy doesn’t seem like enough. It’s very hard to put into words how horrible this thing is…at least for me.
But, it was great of Jeter to reach out and try to provide some comfort to one of the families.
I know he’s not the only one. And, I am sure there’s more that’s not getting reported, like Jeter. Yet, it’s still a nice thing to hear…that he personally took the time to try and help.