Volunteers in Newtown hand-writing thank you notes
HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) - Some letters come from church groups, others from parents who've lost children of their own. One came from a police officer who responded to the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.
They're some of the estimated 175,000 cards and letters of support and condolences that have poured into Newtown from around the world since December's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and volunteers are working to preserve them and say thank you to as many senders as they can, one handwritten note at a time.
The archiving project is the brainchild of resident Yolie Moreno, who said she was floored to see the trays and trays of letters lining the walls of the town's municipal building after the mass shooting, many containing artwork or the thoughts of schoolchildren.
One that particularly touched her was a child's watercolour painting, with "You don't know how strong you are until being STRONG is the only option you have", written over it in magic marker.