An outpouring of prayers from well-wishers continues to grow for a young girl who was injured in a sledding accident.
According to Nassau County Police, at 2:23 p.m. Sunday, the girl, while sledding at Plandome Country Club, collided with a tree. She experienced head trauma and was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. Currently she is in a medically induced coma, but doctors are optimistic about a recovery.
Early Monday morning the hashtag #Pray4Sydney was created and is gaining traction on both Twitter and Facebook. While family and friends are following on social media, friends of friends are also chiming in online, saying, “I don’t know this little girl, but please say a prayer for her.”
Members of St. Peters, Community Synagogue, St. Stephens and Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, are joining in prayer for her recovery and thoughts for her family. And on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., Om Sweet Om is holding a prayer circle for the child.
Word is now getting out to wear any combination of Sydney's favorite colors, light blue and purple, on Wednesday, to keep the good sentiments growing.
The community outpouring of support does not surprise family friend Kelly Dennis, who says Sydney's parents have long been "an incredible resource to Port Washington," whether through PYA or co-ordinating meal delivery service to an ailing friend.
"They are extremely open and have been here for everyone," Dennis said.
Another girl was also injured in the incident, and suffered an injury to the back of her head and is at a local hospital where she is fairing well. At the Port Washington Police Commissioner meeting on Tuesday morning, Commissioner Dave Franklin asked the community to keep both girls in their prayers.
On Patch, readers are also expressing their support, including this note, “prayers from our family to theirs...strength, health and healing.”