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Local Woman Starts Toy Drive To Help Heal Newtown , CT

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Mechanicsville, VA—A local woman is making a special effort to alleviate some of the pain felt after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy shook the nation last Friday.

When Melissa Epps first heard of the Sandy Hook massacre, the shock hit close to home.

"I just kept thinking what it would be like, to stand outside... I'm going to cry just thinking about it... "she said through tears. "To stand outside of a school waiting for your child to come out and they don't…it's just heartbreaking."

She wasted no time in figuring out how she could help the families of the victims, and the children in Newtown who will be forever impacted by the horrific slaying of 20 children and six adults.

She set up a Facebook page,  asking for children's books and plush toys to send to Connecticut, vowing to pay for the shipping herself.

Just days later, she had received so many donations, a pile of 500 toys filled her front yard!

"We got teddy bears and tinker bell," Melissa said with a smile.

Epps plans to box up all the toys on Friday, and send them on their way to Connecticut. She's hoping to receive more toys before then, and to let the Newtown families know that they're not alone.

Melissa said, "It's just heartbreaking and heart warming at the same time, to know what all these things are coming together for and why all these people are coming together."

 

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