Support for Newtown, CT, School Shooting Victims Pours In

Well-wishers worldwide send thoughts, prayers and other support to Newtown.

The Newtown, CT, shootings have sparked an outpouring of support from across the country and the world.

In New Hampshire, a student created a makeshift candlelight memorial for the victims.

On Long Island, a neighborhood turned off its holiday lights in the wake of the shooting that killed , at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.

A blogger from Atlanta wrote a riveting Christmas poem in which he asked Santa to "take my presents and change them into hugs. And throw them down their chimneys with all your Christmas love." More than 1,000 Facebook users have shared Brandon Kelley's post.

As of Sunday, more than 1,400 Patch users have posted this four-word comment—"I want to help"—on an article created for people seeking to be auto-notified about ways they can support the devastated community of Newtown.

The offers and expressions of support have been heartfelt.

Virginia's Emily R. Doll wrote a letter to Newtown. In it, she says that while she's never been there, "my heart shattered for you today in a way I can’t comprehend."

An American artist from 3,000 miles away in the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest wants to draw a keepsake portrait for every victim's family. 

And then there is Alysa White of Illinois, who created the Facebook group "Teddys for Newtown," which already has nearly 1,000 likes.

The 20-year old's simple, but loving, goal—collect Teddy bears for each of the children who attend Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Jeanne December 19, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Very well said Janis Wall.
Jeanne December 19, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Agree 100% SG from PH
Jeanne December 19, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Again well said SG from PH
Jeanne December 19, 2012 at 03:55 PM
We could ask our media to help by stop giving these people that commit crimes their 15 minutes of fame by having their picture on TV. I understand that the media reports on stories but they don't have to have the picture of the person showing that has done terrible things. The only exception would be if the police are looking for them then a picture is important but as soon as they are found drop the picture. Some situations this year have been copy cats so they can get their 15 minutes of fame.
Mary Vecellio December 25, 2012 at 12:02 AM
These beloved children and heroic adults who died in Connecticut at the hands of an idiot, are Martyrs and Martyrs ALWAYS go straight to heaven, thank God!


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