Organizers want families to know they’re not alone.
Holiday support pours into Newtown, Conn., as mourners bring cards and handmade snowflakes.
nEW TOWn, COnn. — People drawn to Newtown to share in its mourning brought cards and handmade snowflakes to town Monday while residents prepared to observe Christmas less than two weeks after a gunman killed 20 children and six educators at an elementary school.
On Christmas Eve, residents planned to light luminarias outside their homes in memory of the victims. Tiny empty Christmas stockings with the victims’ names on them hung from trees in the neighborhood where the children were shot.
“We know that they’ll feel loved. They’ll feel that somebody actually cares,” said Treyvon Smalls, a 15-year-old from a few towns away who arrived at town hall with hundreds of cards and paper snowflakes collected from across the state. Organizers said they wanted to let the families of victims know they are not alone while also giving Connecticut children a chance to express their feelings about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Police say 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother in her bed before his Dec. 14 rampage and committed suicide as he heard officers arriving.
Since the shooting, messages similar to the ones delivered Monday have arrived from around the world. People have donated toys, books, money and more.