93: Looking for the Helpers with Fred Guttenberg
Fred Guttenberg loved watching Mr. Rogers with his daughter and his son when they were little. Their favorite piece of wisdom was: In the midst of tragedy and catastrophe, find the helpers. He has carried this life lesson with him, and is now sharing it in his new book, Find the Helpers: What 9/11 and Parkland Taught Me About Recovery, Purpose, and Hope. Fred is the father of 14-year-old Jaime Guttenberg, who was killed when thirty-four people were shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in 2018. Since her death, Fred has been fighting tirelessly to pass gun violence prevention legislation, and to honor Jaime's life with the non-profit Orange Ribbons for Jaime. Together, he and hosts Kelly and JJ talk about his journey since Jaime's death, and how he has been able to survive thanks to the kindness and compassion of others.
Mentioned in this podcast:
- “Always look for the helpers. There will always be helpers. Because if you look for the helpers, you’ll know there’s hope.” (Fred Rogers, interview with Television Academy, 1999
- Overcoming Grief Through The Humanity Of Others (Orange Ribbons for Jaime)