In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, many have been trying to do their part to honor the lives we lost. Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live opened their show with a beautiful rendition of Silent Night, performed by a children’s choir. A mother courageously shared her personal experience with a mentally ill child in a blog that’s since gone viral. And various television premieres have been postponed. Now we’re learning that an anonymous donor has given 26 Christmas trees to Newtown, Connecticut, which is a really sweet, completely appropriate act of kindness. Click inside to learn more.
People has the report:
This year, 26 families – and an innumerable count of mourning loved ones and strangers alike – will spend the holidays in the shadow of a national tragedy.
An anonymous North Carolina donor contributed 26 Christmas trees – one for each of the 20 children and six adults killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday – for a special tribute.
Volunteers helping out at the town’s fire station decorated the 5-ft. trees, which were lined up in the direction of the school on Saturday.
“We felt the need to come here with our children,” said one Newtown resident, “and this is a wonderful way to honor the young children who died.”
The gunman Adam Lanza shot his mother before the school massacre, and was dead on the scene, bringing the death toll to 28.
One of the first thoughts I had when I heard about the tragedy, was the fact that it happened so close to the holidays. So many families are sitting in homes filled with gifts that their children will never receive, and I truly hope that this anonymous donation brings some kind of solace to them– if only for a moment.