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Support for Newtown School Shooting Victims Pours In

Well-wishers are sending thoughts, prayers and other support to Newtown from throughout the United States and abroad.

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."

A 20-year old from a rural Illinois town has started a Facebook group, "Teddys for Newtown," which already has nearly 1,000 likes. Alysa White's simple, but loving, goal: Collect teddy bears for each of the children that attend Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Deborah York December 17, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Our prayers are with you also...
melissa o December 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Cheri, I live in Rhode Island, and believe you me-if these horrible excuse for people try to even set foot near any of these babies precious burials I (along with everyone I can gather) will be there to stop them.
Rebecca E. Smith December 17, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I am confident that these evil people will not be able to get anywhere near all of you grieving this week in Newtown. There are thousands of loving, caring others who will be there to protect you from such a horrid group. Our thoughts and prayers are will all of the victims, their families and your community.
Vaughn December 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Hey, I hear so many folks talking about this tragedy, which it is. But I will ask also, how many of us are at the malls during this time of year shopping for those Christmas gifts, and find yourselves walking out with VIDEO GAMES such as Call of Duty, Assissins Creed, or Halo 4, with the intended recipient to be our children? Lets be honest with ourselves, and ask ourselves why are our children becoming desensitized to killing and violence.
'Dorothy Rubino December 17, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Having lost my own precious little girl many years ago there are no words that can be said to ease the pain at this time. Only someone who has been there can understand. But I know where these children are. They are in heaven with Jesus and will be there forever waiting on their loved ones to get there. That is the hope that encourages me and my hope for these greiving parents. I am from Conn. myself and just wish I could be there to hold and hug someone there. But prayers are what we can do when nothing else works. God bless from Florida Dotti
David Palmer December 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
God Bless the lost ones and their families such a tragedy My heart bleeds for you!!
Patricia Colella December 17, 2012 at 02:35 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families during this most difficult time, Heaven now has 20 beautiful little angels and 6 incredibly brave guardian angels who will continue to watch over them and protect them, Patricia Colella
H2OsChild December 17, 2012 at 02:45 PM
All of Virginia grieves with you, There are no words for the pain all must endure,but know our thoughts, tears and prayers are with all that have been affected by this horror. Would gladly stand with you as a shield to prevent WBC from being heard or seen. Special place in hell for those individuals( refuse to call them people). Vicki from Virginia
Paul Sawyer December 17, 2012 at 03:11 PM
There are no words that can soothe. But, I can say that all of the residents of Newtown and anyone affected by this are in my thoughts and prayers. I am hoping that this video will help bring in some donations, and maybe guide some people as well. It was cathartic to make. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJuYXAdi1hk
Paul Michael December 17, 2012 at 03:27 PM
The talks shouldn't be about guns. We need to talk about how all these shooters were on prescription meds and what the connection is with them. (See: youtu.be/UhO0Pul_FcE)
diane hook December 17, 2012 at 03:30 PM
There are no words, however, my heart and prayers go out to the parents and family members and friends who lost their children and love ones. I am with you in spirit and my prayers will continue to be with all of you. My prayers and heart also goes out to the entire community. I wish there was more I could do but my love is with you. Diane Hook
Ronald Cook December 17, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I lost an 11 year old friend in 2010 and I still mourn the loss of her, I can't imagine losing 20 little friends or any adult friends. All children are dear to me and I love them though I don't know all of them.
gwen davis December 17, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I found a poem several years ago when I lost my father in December. I was comforting to me then and still is. I hope you find comfort in it as well. I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below, With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars reflecting on the snow. The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away the tear, For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year. I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear But the sounds of music can't compare with the Christmas choir up hear. I have no words to tell you, the joy their voices bring, For it is beyond description to hear the angles sing. I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart But I am not so far away, we really aren't apart. So be happy sor me dear ones, you know I hold you dear, And be glad I'm spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year. I send yueach a special gift from my heavenly home above. I snt you each a memory of my undying love. After all, love is a gift more precious than pure gold. It was always most important in the stories Jesus told. So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear Remember, I'm spending Christmas with Jesus Christ thei year. I hear the many
theodore m. attea December 17, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I wonder if it was their children who's lives were taken in a similar incident would they.the members of the westboro baptist protest. probably! they don't love their own children in fact they dont even care for themselves
Leslie Brady Reamer December 17, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Here in Midlothian, VA, we cut off all of our Christmas lights & posted signs that we are praying for you, Newtown CT. From the bottom of our hearts, you have our deepest sympathies, our support, our prayers.
DA December 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
A & M formed a human wall when this church group tried to protest on a milatary funeral last summer. it worked..!!! go AGGIEs maybe something similar can be done here.
Emirates917 December 17, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Cheri, I promise you America will come out and counter the evil these guys spew. I am sure there will not be enough room for everyone who will show up. Those of us who can be there, are there in spirit and heart. FTR they are not a "religious" group they are people with serious issues who make themselves feel better trying to hurt others.
Kim December 17, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I dont know IF they really will protest, they seem to make more threats than actual picketing these days... but i did read that the hacker group anonymous (?) hacked their "church's" website and posted all members names, phone numbers, and emails... i can not be there in person to block these people if they do come, but know that i will be there in spirit and prayer, for every funeral going on.
Elizabeth Shahan December 17, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Know that many in WV grieve with the Newtown Community and many prayers are being said for you. My community experienced this evil church in our town. I would encourage you and others in Newtown to hold vigils, memorials, funerals, etc. on private properties. They were unable to protest the memorial service held on the campus of our private college with the partnership of law enforcement. Silent human "shields" are wonderful and I also encourage you to speak to the news and media outlets to also form a "shield" of sorts. No where were these people addressed in our media outlets. That's what they want. Ask your media/news outlets to avoid addressing and/or confronting them in the stories of this tragedy. These barriers/ideas were helpful in our time of grief in dealing with those awlful protestors. WV prays for healing for Newtown.
kathy perego December 17, 2012 at 04:31 PM
That's why it is important to protest the WBC who plan to harrass the poor families of the victims at their funerals. 785-273-0325 3701 12th Street Topeka, KS. Please let them know that you dissapprove. Thank you. These poor families need to be left alone.
Kiyoko December 17, 2012 at 04:33 PM
May god bless all the friends and families to those who have been affected by this tragedy. May he send his loving angels to send comfort, guidenance and strength to give to not only to the friends and families but to all the communities as they all face this tragedy together as one. You are all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers at this time!! God Bless You Newtown, Conn!!
Emirates917 December 17, 2012 at 04:41 PM
what a beautiful picture and gesture. Bless you, I think we all feel so helpless and anything we can do we will.
Mark Davies December 17, 2012 at 04:44 PM
The police need to step in and prevent these idiots from getting anywhere near the place. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families. My wife is an elementary school teacher and was deeply disturbed by this tragedy.
Lynn Halicki December 17, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Our hearts are broken in New York. This should never NEVER ever happen.
Anne Crudup December 17, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Joan, I really believe that those WBC people are not going to be allowed anywhere near Newtown, and it won't be the National Guard stopping them. Every red-blooded American with a heart will come and form a human shield to protect them while they mourn their tragic loss. I can just picture thousands of motorcycle clubs and countless others who care forming a line, just daring the WBC members to try to cross it. Enough is enough.
Sue Brittingham December 17, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Sending love and prayers to all of the town of Newtown. 26 angels are now home with God. My heart is heavy with pain. God Bless your community, Newtown. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Angel Hugs & Love from Delaware.
Michael December 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM
As a resident of Sandy Hook, I appreciate the outpouring of support from all sides, but could I ask that people not come into Newtown or Sandy Hook unless they have a reason to be there? The town is choked with cars, reporters, and people. It took me over ten minutes this afternoon just to get out of the parking lot of my office. What the town needs is to be able to return to normalcy. That is the greatest gift anyone could give at this time.
Jeff December 17, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Regarding the slime from WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH who is planning to protest in Newtown, thought the "bottom" link may be of interest to Newtown residents. We here in MISSOURI are quite familiar with these imbeciles from Topeka, Kansas just to our west. For further info on WBC, refer to the link below. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Baptist_Church) READ: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/we-will-render-you-obsolete-anonymous-attacks-westboro-baptist-over-plans-to-picket-sandy-hook-funerals/
Patsy Dailey December 19, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Well here is what is happening in the weeks due to this horrific act. Obama to Seek Stricter Gun Laws http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323723104578185630890326530.html "It's a complex problem that requires more than one solution," Carney said Tuesday. "It calls for not only re-examining our gun laws and how well we enforce them, but also for engaging mental health professionals, law-enforcement officials, educators, parents and communities to find those solutions." Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/12/19/obama-to-launch-effort-led-by-biden-to-create-new-policies-in-wake-school/#ixzz2FVKGkqWb President Barack Obama is launching an administration-wide effort to curb gun violence, underscoring the growing political consensus over tightening gun restrictions following the horrific elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/19/16014584-obama-to-task-biden-to-tackle-gun-violence-after-newtown-shootings?lite Hope all get tackled better security in schools, mental health & Changing the policies on gun laws because: The president has vowed to use "whatever power this office holds" to safeguard the nation's children after Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
Patsy Dailey December 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Colin McIntosh, a church minister in Dunblane, Scotland, where a gunman shot dead 16 school children in 1996, offers Newtown's grieving families "our deepest sympathy and concern and support." http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/19/16008985-sending-sympathy-and-love-newtowns-agony-echoes-in-scottish-town?lite For teachers, school security jumps to forefront after Newtown shootings http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/18/15999084-for-teachers-school-security-jumps-to-forefront-after-newtown-shootings?lite

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