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Outpouring of Compassion Will Come as ‘Notes for Newtown’

Part of the patchwork of paper notes in Newtown from a year ago. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Part of the patchwork of paper notes in Newtown from a year ago. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre

You may have noticed that the picture usually found at the very top of your Patch is different today. There are reasons for that:

The world’s attention is once again turning to our beautiful town, as they too remember and honor the precious lives lost at Sandy Hook School one year ago. Their support, kindness and compassion is just as strong today as it was then, so we created a space on Patch for folks to send their thoughts and prayers. It’s called “Notes for Newtown.”

The day after the shooting, Newtown resident Suzy DeYoung said she and her friends found comfort simply by gathering together in a kitchen, sharing the quiet strength of companionship. On Saturday, she’ll be gathering in that same kitchen with friends again.

We hope to offer that same sense of a gathering place, and provide some level of comfort, with our Notes for Newtown section.

The picture above is a paper quilt of kind-hearted notes that were among the thousands of memorials left in our quaint little village in the days and weeks following the tragedy. This same image is appearing on the homepage of every Patch in the country from Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 14. It will link to the Notes for Newtown section.

We have a few rules for this section on Newtown Patch, which we will enforce with a zero-tolerance policy:

  • No politics

  • No fighting

  • No selling

If you’d like to do any of these three things, you have the whole rest of the Internet. Notes for Newtown is a place for expressing support for our community. It’s a place for compassion, for kindness.

Click here to leave a Note for Newtown.

C. Moore December 11, 2013 at 09:14 AM
Keep surviving, keep inspiring Newtown.
Jade Green December 11, 2013 at 09:21 AM
Praying for truth to come out. We the people...
Sarah Freeman December 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Thinking of you - and promising ongoing acts of kindness in memory & in honor of the victims and their families.
Robert Novembre December 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM
You are in my prayers and thoughts for the strength and courage to help you through each day. I praise all the good things many of you have started in your children's memory. So much good has come out of a time of tragedy. Praise and God's blessings upon you! Your special angels watch over you ! Carol Novembre
Nicole December 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Illinois will never forget what happened in Newton 1 year ago, god bless in Jesus name we pray
Mi8ke Bowie December 11, 2013 at 02:10 PM
God bless all of the angels we lost on that terrible day, their families and loved ones. God bless all those who were there and got out safely, their families and loved ones. God bless those that had to respond on that terrible day, their families and loved ones. God bless the people of Newtown who have shown the world goodness, strength, and courage. At the end of a year that no one would want, let there be peace, let there be peace.

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