The good news – Penn State alumni step up.

Here’s the day’s good news to come out of Penn State, via RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network):

In the wake of the recent events at Penn State University, a grassroots network of PSU alumni are standing up for victims of sexual abuse by supporting RAINN’s effort to prevent and treat victims of sexual abuse. We have joined together to mobilize the Penn State fan base – alumni, students, parents and fans – to ensure something like this never happens again – anywhere.

“After having so closely identified with all things Penn State over the past 15 years, the recent events have shaken our beliefs – and those of other alumni – to the core. Simply put, Penn State is way bigger than the alleged actions of a few people. To honor the victims, our goal is to raise over $500,000 – one dollar for each of Penn State’s 557,000 alumni. Please join us in showing the world what being a proud supporter of Penn State really means by making a donation in support of preventing and treating victims of sexual abuse and by adding your name to mine below.”
— Jerry & Jaime Needel, Bob Troia and Larena Lettow – Penn State ‘98

As of about 5:00 pm CST (less than 48 hours since launching this initiative), they had raised $168,400.

It gives me chills, it really does.

I wish everyone a peaceful weekend, filled with beauty and smiles and quiet moments. Shabbat shalom.

UPDATE: As of 10:00 pm CST Saturday, they’d made $305,000, having started the day at $217,000. They’re hoping to catch NFL attention on Sunday, and I have good reason to think they will. This is just so wonderful, and so beautiful. I am so grateful to these folks.