Well Wishes for Rep. Giffords

January 9, 2011

Running Start alumni and supporters,

Today, as we send our thoughts and prayers to all those injured and killed in yesterday’s tragedy, let’s send a tribute to Gabby by affirming that we will not let hate and fear be a roadblock on our path to politics.  We are confident that the strength and resolve of young women will not be diminished by yesterday’s events.  Rather, we will be moved to redouble our efforts to follow Gabby’s example into a life of public service.

Please send your well wishes for Rep. Giffords to info@runningstartonline.org and we will post them below.

“Dear Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:
My thoughts and prayers go out to you congresswoman! You are already doing an amazing job by surviving and I have faith that you will make a fast recovery. I feel very lucky to have meet such a trailblazing woman, like yourself, this past summer. I and many other Americans are supporting you and the all the other victims of the shooting.”
– Betlihem Ayalew, 2010 Running Start alumna

“Please continue to heal.  We need good people like you.”
– Susan Gosman

“God bless you Rep. Giffords.  Man cannot stop the work God has for you to do.  God’s healing has already begun.”
– Maxine Scott

“Our hearts go out to Congresswoman Giffords and her family and staff.  We lift up each of them to the Lord for His Blessing and Comfort.  May God have mercy on all of us and on our country each and every day but most especially during this time of national sorrow and grief.”
– Judith Prowse Roach, Arlington, VA

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rep. Giffords.  She is a true hero to us all.  We are praying for her complete recovery.”
– Angela & Tiara Smith

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you Congresswoman Giffords.  We hope that even as you recovery that you will know a peace that surpasses all understanding.  We pray for your husband, your parents and your stepdaughters as they stand by your side during this recovery.  As young women from Running Start, we know the great contributions that your presence in Congress has made for our own future and we are in your debt for paving the way for all the young women who will follow in your footsteps.  We are patiently waiting for your return to the 112th Congress.”
– Megan and Morgan McCall, 2010 Running Start alumni

“My heart goes out to the Senator. I pray for her complete recovery. Don’t be afraid to fulfill your purpose, you are a role model for women everywhere. May God bless and keep you.”
– Jackie Long, Little Rock, AR

“I would like to thank you, Representative Giffords, for being so bold as to do events such as Congress on Your Corner, and I would like to send my sincere apologies for what happened. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friends and family. Thank you again for everything you have done for this country and the state of Arizona.”
-Leanne, NY, age 17

“Dear Congresswoman Giffords,
Please know that my son, my husband and I are praying for you and your recovery.  We appreciate all that you and your colleagues do for the advancement of our nation.  Without those willing to sacrifice their time, their security and safety our democracy cannot survive.  It will take all of us, standing together as a nation, to dispel the unrest and violence that plagues our nation.  I pledge to stand up for our democracy by promoting civic engagement that is respectful, civil and productive.

I also pray for your family, that they feel the comfort of all of us reaching out to you in your hour of need.  I am proud of being an American and will do what is my civic responsibility, to stand up to the hatred and bitterness that lead to this violent act.”
– Meg Hill Heubeck, Director of Instruction
UVA Center for Politics

“God bless Rep. Giffords.”
– George L. Glotzbach, New Ulm, MN

“I was in the car when I found out about the horrific shooting at your ‘Congress on Your Corner event.’ I was saddened and so upset that a woman I’d recently met, a woman positively fighting for reform in Southern Arizona, was attacked. But, after finding out that you are fighting, I too must remain positive for you. This roadblock will not overshadow the work you have put forth for not only Arizona, but the United States. When you spoke to the Running Start participants this summer, you had a glow, just from your presence, it was obvious that you loved what you did. You love representing your constituents. I admire your innovative ideas and dedication to your constituents and young ladies like me who want to create positive change in politics one day. I am hopeful that you will recover and continue to inspire others. Your family and friends are in my prayers. Again, thank you for all you do for our country.”
-Briana August, 2010 Running Start alumna

“I pray that God will watch over Congresswoman Giffords and the other victims of this tragedy.   If God still has a plan for Mrs. Giffords in this life, may He let her live and bless her and protect her as she fulfills His plan.

May God also watch over and protect the other victims of this horrible event, and for those who have passed away, may they be in a better place today.”
– Greg Zimmer

“My thoughts and prayers are with Representative Giffords, the other victims, and their families during this difficult time. How someone could do something so terrible and painful is beyond anyone’s comprehension, but we must trust that there will be a rainbow after this rainstorm. I am glad the person who did this is behind bars and awaiting justice to be served so that no more people can be hurt.”
– Ashley Miller

“It saddens me that in this day and age especially, individuals would rather take the life of another than to contribute positively to affecting change; that those responsible would resort to such extreme and senseless acts to TRY to silence our God-given, civil liberties.

My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the families that have been directly affected by this tragedy, as well as my pledge to reinforcing efforts in  public service.”
– LM Bulls

“As a 2009 Running Start Star Fellow in the office of Congresswoman Giffords, I am deeply saddened by Saturday’s shooting.  I got to know the Congresswoman as an incredible person and public servant. Gabby was different from other politicians in that she made a genuine effort to connect with everyone she met.   She always personally thanked her volunteers and truly took to heart the concerns of the people in her district.  I look up to her as a role model and will continue to send my thoughts and prayers to her for a full recovery, and to the family and friends of all of the victims.”
– Dani Kaiserman, former Rep. Giffords Intern and 2009 Running Start alumna

“Dear Congresswoman Giffords,
Best wishes for a complete recovery.  Thank you for your bravery and service.  My heart goes out to you and those close to you.”
– Linda Nguyen

“Representative Giffords,
My prayers and wishes go out to you in this most unpleasant time. I am so sorry for the most horrid actions of another, but what you are doing to better and improve the citizens of this nation goes with much praise and commendation. Your presence in the room at Capitol in the month of July when the young women of Running Start met you was empowering, influential, and inspiring, to say the very least. Because of your motivational words, I undoubtedly foresee my future in politics as a young female in this country. You are an amazing woman who, despite this misfortune, will continue to touch the lives of those in your path and make differences that will better this nation permanently. Thank you for all that you do. My family, friends, and loved ones will continue to keep you in prayer.”
– Malena Price, 2010 Running Start alumna

“I admire Representative Giffords’ actions in her community and hope that the next few weeks bring a positive wave of hope for her and everyone affected by this tragedy.  My prayers are with her and her family.”
– Caitlin Vanderberg, Running Start alumna

“Representative Giffords,
We were shocked and saddened to learn what happened to you and your constituents the other day.  We are praying for your full recovery.”
– The Steinberg Family, Wellesley, MA

“My sincere best wishes and prayers are constantly with Congresswoman Giffords, and all those affected by this dreadful act of violence. Her dedication to our society is remarkable.”
-Pat Mellerson, President
Homestead-Florida City Democratic Club (FL)

“Rep. Giffords,
Even though I did not know you personally, I was sadden to hear about the shooting.  I believe in Jesus Christ and I believe he has his loving arms around you and He will bring you out of the pain and let you be healed.  I will continually pray for you and the others who were injured during the shooting.  I will also pray for the young man that was responsible for the shooting and I hope God will forgive him for he know not what he did.  My prayers are with you and I declare it done.  That you will be healed!!”
– Shatika Johnson, age 18

“You’re an amazing women, a hero! May God bless you and your family. We are all so thankful for the work and sacrifice you make everyday for the people in your district. Blessings!”

“I am so sorry this happened. You are so brave and courageous to serve our country in spite of previous threats and your office being vandalized.  Please know that there are many people you do not know who are sending you love and support during this very difficult time – and admire the heck out of you…You are our hero – please keep fighting.  Thank you for your service to our country.”
– Gayle Brown Means

“I pray for Congresswoman Gifford’s recovery  and can only hope that Congress will learn a lesson and try to work together.  The terrible rhetoric of the last year has more than created this atmosphere of hate.  Hopefully, everyone will learn a lesson from this. Again, My prayers are with her.”
– Diana Femia

“We are sending our Prayers to you and your family for a speedy recovery. I would also like to send my Condolence to the family of the people that lost their life’s in this senseless tragedy.”
– Annette

“I wish Congresswoman  Giffords a speedy and full recovery and I hope that her family will be comforted by her characteristic strength and courage which will help her pull through this very difficult event!”
– Dianne

“I echo your sentiments about this tragic event.  Thank you for  speaking so eloquently about Ms. Gifford and your determination to not let this horrific crime to frighten good women from entering politics.  My prayers are with her and her family.”
– Judy Majcen

“Dear Congresswoman and family:
We stand by you as you and your family go through this trying time just as you have stood up for so many Americans in Arizona and throughout the nation. Thank you for your leadership, courage and grace. Now more than ever your commitment and love for public service shines through and touches us all. We are praying for your speedy and full recovery so that you may continue your life’s passion.”
– Jamie Bell

“Congresswoman Giffords,
You manifest the very best of America in your daily struggle to prevent the injustices that promise to sweep our nation if not stopped. This terrible uprising, while disgusting and truly awful, is a reminder that your work is noticed by all and the Democratic Party is strong within itself. You must not let this set you back, and know that the country is behind you 100 percent.
God bless you and the other victims and may you have the speediest recovery that can be hoped for.You are a great American!”
– Thecla Prentiss, Montana

“As a Running Start alumnus, one of my fondest memories of the YWPL retreat was meeting and interviewing Representative Giffords. I was the only student from Arizona during the Summer of 2010 to participate, so this was a special treat for me. When I met her, she was so kind-hearted, open-minded, and passionate about the issues in Arizona. I immediately wanted to support her and was thrilled when she won her reelection.

The shooting was a huge shock, and I send my prayers to Representative Giffords and her family, for she has truly impacted the lives of all. As a young woman in Congress, she has set herself as one of the best role models for the Running Start alumni girls. While her recovery will be difficult, I hope she knows that her strength is so admirable and that we, especially from Arizona, have her in our thoughts.”
– HaeSoo Cheon, 2010 Running Start alumna

“I think that having Gabrielle get shot was something saying that some people might not agree with politics and to those people I say: “why kill someone? Does it help get rid of politics?” I think that the person who shot Gabrielle should solve his problems without killing people.”
-Ben Shakow, age 10

“Dear Congresswoman Giffords,
My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and the families of the other victims. I pray that the inflammatory rhetoric that seems to be taking over American politics is toned down. I pray that we see more of a spirit of cooperation in Congress and more tolerance across America. Thank you so much Congresswoman for all that you have done for our country.”
– Ari

“You are in our thoughts and prayers as you move through your recovery. You are an inspiration to thousands whose lives you have touched during your years of public service.”
– Robert Moore, Vienna,VA

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