HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – They were on their way to Florida when the group of volunteers from the National Association for the Prevention of Starvation heard the devastating news of the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Despite the name, they serve any community that is suffering, no matter what the need, so they turned around and headed to Connecticut.
“Any time someone is going through something it just takes your breath away and you keep going back to what would I do if this was me,” said Mia Pile, a volunteer with NAPS.
Twelve student volunteers went to Newtown, bringing a few instruments and their voices, hoping to comfort those in pain with song.
“We know that sometimes in situations like this you can’t really speak or tell what you want to say, because it’s too hard,” said Pile. “But music crosses all barriers. It touches the heart, so we figured it was the little bit we could do from Alabama.”
Pile says they have not set a timeline for how long they will stay in Newtown. Sunday, the volunteers sang at a vigil for the victims. They sang at a funeral for 6-year-old victim Noah Pozner Monday afternoon.