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Newtown Commemorates 1 Week Anniversary Of School Massacre

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This past week, many of us put up Christmas lights and wreaths marking the season of giving.  Sadly, for too many families, this time of year returns them to unbearable depths of anguish and Nicole Hockley is among them.

Monday marks three years since Hockley’s 6-year-old son, Dylan, who was among the 26 people gunned down at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Through unimaginable grief and pain, Hockley and other families founded Sandy Hook Promise to help each other heal and promote school safety across the country.

The organization issued a challenge to schools nationwide to come up with their approach on preventing gun violence.  Students at a high school in Moore, Oklahoma, say they were so moved, they came up with their own “Say Something” campaign that got Hockley’s attention, and a $10,000 check from the Sandy Hook Promise organization to help the Moore students do even more.

For Hockley this is the first year since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre that she and her family are picking out a tree, making new decorations and hopefully new Christmas memories.  She says it’s still incredibly hard, but she and her husband are pushing through the pain for their now 11-year-old son, Jake.

Jake told his parents he wants Christmas this year.  So as you decorate, celebrate, make new memories of your own this holiday season, think about and pray for families like those of Sandy Hook, still trying to mend while at the same time promoting safety for all of our children.


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