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Support for Newtown School Shooting Victims Pours In

Well-wishers from New York to abroad send thoughts, prayers and other support to Newtown.

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 , 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.

Preliator December 23, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Fine, I'll be forming a volunteer 'well regulated militia', I'll be talking to my lawyer and contacting the NRA for advice. Merry Christmas.
John Gruber December 23, 2012 at 03:43 PM
"a gun violence petition" I really hope the criminals sign this petition.
John Gruber December 23, 2012 at 03:44 PM
You think it's difficult to barrel over 1st graders walking from the school bus parking lot? Also, this guy didn't conceal anything. He broke through a window
BRADY December 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Need a cut and paste?...just follow the rules.please enlighten me VL what does that mean?And yes if one has to resort to ''name -calling'' they have run out of argument, if you've read these comments you'd see that a lot of the people commenting have done just that
Odd Jobs and Such January 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Show that you care and have not forgotten - this unique pendant honor victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre. It is almost a month later and no longer in the headlines but it is still in the hearts and minds of everyone around Newtown. http://newtown.patch.com/blog_posts/unique-spirit-tree-pendant-honors-sandy-hook-victims

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