Canadians are still struggling to make sense of the terrible accident that claimed the lives of 16 people on their way to a playoff match in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. The outpouring of grief and support for the Humboldt Broncos, has been unlike anything that most of us have ever seen. A Gofundme campaign, originally initiated with the goal of raising 10 thousand dollars to help the families of the lost and injured has now surpassed 8 million dollars.
Canadians, and people all around the world have shown their support by leaving hockey sticks and candles on their porch with the front light on in honour of the team and provincial registries have seen a large uptick in people signing up to be organ donors.
Artists are also finding ways to put their thoughts and feelings into song – Paul Brandt has released a version of Small Towns and Big Dreams for the Humboldt Broncos and their families and he performed it on CBC Monday.
And another Canadian artist – Smitty Kingston (aka Jay Smith) wrote this song in the middle of the night as a way to deal with his sadness over the loss of lives.
This has been a difficult time for most Canadians, whether we had a connection to the hockey team or the families directly affected or not, I think all of us feel this loss as a compassionate and caring country. Thankfully, we have each other and can do our best to stick together and offer those affected families our support and kindness on the long road ahead.
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