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Support for Newtown School Shooting Victims Pours In

Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by David Reich-Hale.

NEWTOWN, CT -- 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 26 people, including 20 school kids, at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.

A blogger from Atlanta wrote a riveting Christmas poem, where he asks 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 Newtown residents take their first, tentative steps toward recovering from a shocking shooting spree that has gripped the nation, an outpouring of support continues to build. Already, more than 1,400 Patch users have posted this four-word comment — "I want to help" — on an article created for people seeking to get auto-notified about ways they can support this devastated community.

And the offers and expressions of support have been impressive.

Virginia's Emily R. Doll wrote a letter to Newtown. In it, she says that while she's never been here, "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.
Darlene M Smith December 16, 2012 at 03:41 PM
we are going to light 26 candles and have a local singer sing Silent Night after our Holiday Show We Care Dance Party for Sandy Victims in Wantagh Tuesday night ! I feel we have to do something too!
Joan Reynolds December 16, 2012 at 05:01 PM
We want to help!! The Reynolds Family
nina December 16, 2012 at 06:57 PM
No I will not pray !!! Neither should u !! We should go out and protest against the who makes guns avalible to crazy people !!!! Praying docent bring back this angels and what do for a families have to burry their children before Chrismas !!!! :(((( if I pray , I pray that that crazy evil that did it is burning in enternal hell !!!! If u guys care for the safety of your children , u should go out there an protest against guns !! It takes on mom at a time !!!!!!
S December 16, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Well Nina we will pray for you....
Jayvionna Jalloh December 17, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Pray for all the kids and others that died hope the best for the parents
Ralph A. December 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM
We have relatives who live close to Newtown, CT. So you can imagine how they're feeling. It's a peaceful quiet areas. Yesterday by phone, my cousin asked "What went wrong? You don't have major crimes here. This just doesn't happen here", She lives about 30 minutes away. So here, we turned off our Christmas Lights over the weekend and put out the American Flag to honor them. We lit candles in church yesterday - one for each victim..

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