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Prayers, cards, money sent to Newtown, Conn. from Somerset

SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - Thursday night Kentuckians gathered to remember the victims of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

Friday marks three weeks since an elementary school shooting claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.

Two weeks after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, people in Somerset started putting together a little something to honor them.

"We felt desperate to do something, and we didn't know what to do," said Brother Ed Amundson, the pastor at High Street Baptist Church in Pulaski County.

"It's just a random act of love and kindness," said Chris Muse, who is a business teacher at Southwestern High School in Pulaski County.

And now three weeks later, with the help of STLP students from Southwestern High School, they made it all possible at the Center for Rural Development.

"We are coming together to tell another community just how much we love them," said Brother Amundson.

It was more of a celebration of life and about finding joy and togetherness in the light of such tragedy.

"As people begin to draw away to other news stories and get back to their lives, for these families it's as new to them today as it was sometime ago," said Brother Amundson.

Prayers sent north to those still hurting in Connecticut, cards to be hand delivered, and money to be donated straight to the families affected.

"I would like them to remember that no one has forgotten and that we are still with them. We are praying for them, and we definitely love them. Especially as a educator, I can relate to the experience that happened up there," said Muse.

They didn't grieve for the families, rather they sent them messages of hope.

Nationally, a little more than one million dollars has been raised for these families. They hope to have 2.6 million by the end of January.


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