"My mom and I were thinking about the kids in Sandy Hook Elementary School and I just thought it was really sad for the kids," said 12-year-old Skylar Dickason.
As Newtown, Connecticut mourns the loss of those who died, here in Rochester, Amy Dickason and her daughter Skylar are collecting stuffed animals for the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"We are there holding them. We may not physically be there doing it but there are people all over the country and world that are embracing them and sending them their love and prayers," said Amy Dickason.
Stuffed animals are something the children can hold onto, but they can mean so much more.
"I have a 1-year-old so when any mother hears about someone losing their kid it's heartbreaking. My son goes to bed with a stuffed animal so I can only imagine how much these kids are going to love being able to get one and just knowing that they are safe and there is still good people in the world," said Jennifer Hodge.
Although the tragedy happened in Connecticut, it's hitting everyone close to home. That's why parents say it's important for their kids to help.
"I just want our kids to know that there are communities out there that will help if something horrible happens and I want to instill that in all of the youth that I have an opportunity to work with and teach them that lesson as well," said Amy Dickason.
"Just because something horrific happened doesn't mean that no one cares. It's a world-wide thing. It's happening everywhere and that could have happened here in Rochester. That could have been my baby or anybody's baby," said Hodge.
Amy will collect the teddy bears throughout the week. She hopes to get them to the children of Newtown before Christmas to start the healing process as soon as possible.
Drop off Locations:
The First Baptist Church of Rochester: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 175 Allens Creek Road.
Technotic Media 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1041 Gravel Road in Webster.
The list of donation drop off sites keeps growing, so keep up with all the locations on the "Stuffed Hugs for Sandy Hook" Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/StuffedHugsForSandyHook
For more Information, contact the creator/coordinator: Amy Dickason at 585-705-1115, or by e-mail at email@example.com.