LACEY'S SPRING, Ala. (WHNT) - Earlier this week, WHNT News 19 introduced a new initiative called 'Letters To Newtown.' It's a way for you to write a note of encouragement to families in Connecticut.
The idea came from an email we received from a teacher in Morgan County. Della Carmon teaches second grade at Lacey's Spring School.
Mrs. Carmon reached out to WHNT News 19 the night of Friday, December 14, hours after hearing what had happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She had a simple request. She wanted to know how she could write a letter of support and encouragement to the families.
"You need to do something, but what do you do?" said Carmon. "So, it seemed like that letter-writing was about the best thing to do."
The last week has been full of emotion for so many -- families, teachers and students, all coming to grips with what happened and how to deal with the impact of the tragedy.
"Anger, fear, for our kids. A little bit of 'why'? I mean, you don't go and shoot first graders," Carmon said. "That's just not normal."
This week, Carmon's second graders have had questions. Some had heard more than others, and she said she chose her words carefully when talking with her students.
"I asked them [Tuesday] if they had heard about it," Carmon said. "And then they started
'oh yeah, yeah yeah we heard, oh yeah'."
Carmon's students, and other classes at Lacey's Spring School will now reach out with letters, cards and messages of love.
"I'm not looking for a response from Connecticut," Carmon said. "I don't expect any kind of response. That's too hard. I just want them to know they're in our thoughts and
If you would like to send a letter of support to families in Newtown, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have extended the deadline to 12 p.m. on January 20. We will print out all letters that reflect the caring spirit of Alabamians, then package them up and mail them to Newtown, Connecticut.
If you would like to send a hand-written letter, you can mail it to:
P.O. Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470
The U.S. Postal Service set up this special P.O. Box for this purpose. It expects to receive a large volume of mail in the coming weeks and months as people send encouragement to families in Newtown. The USPS also said it is working with community groups to monitor the mail so nothing inappropriate is sent to grieving families.