Newtown, Conn. was forced to endure the recent tragedy of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adults, however, despite the recent heartbreaking events people are coming together to make sure the town makes the most of their Christmas.
Residents in the town have planned to use lights in memory of the lives recently lost while hanging Christmas stockings with the names of victims on them. Treyvon Smalls, a 15-year-old who lives a few towns from Newtown, helped collect hundreds of cards and paper snowflakes from around Connecticut.
Smalls said he did so because he wanted the people in Newtown to feel loved.
"We know that they'll feel loved," Smalls said in a Huffington Post report. "They'll feel that somebody actually cares."
People also showed their support for the police officers in Newtown, when nearby law enforcement officials decided to offer the town's public authorities a day off. Sgt Steve Santucci of Newtown told CNN about the gift that officers from other communities were giving police officials in the town where a massacre recently took place.
"Patrol officers and sworn personnel will be given the day off to be home on Christmas. Officers from surrounding towns will be patrolling Newtown," Santucci told CNN.
The Trinity Episcopal Church also aided in the efforts to uplift the people of Newtown, Conn. The church is located less than two miles from the school and hosted a crowd of hundreds who were serenaded by a children's choir.
Flowers from the church were donated in the honor of Sandy Hook shooting victims, who were referred to as "school angels" and "Sandy Hook families" in the program.
Philippe Poncet, a Newtown resident acknowledged the fact that people across the world are trying to help those affected by the tragedy.
"All the families who lost those little kids, Christmas will never be the same," Poncet said. "Everybody across the world is trying to share the tragedy with our community here."