During a time of devastation and grief, a 7-year-old girl and her father have found a way to send messages of support and comfort to Newtown, Conn. One day after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, McKartnee Johnson from McLean, Va., drew a picture for the community. Her dad, Jim Johnson, created a website to post that photo and offer others a place to share their own words, Patch.com reports.
Johnson launched Hugs For Sandy Hook featuring drawings by McKartnee and her brother, Wyatt, who is 9.
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Website visitors have started to use the forum to offer condolences to the Newtown community. User Sally wrote:
All of America is heartbroken. And grieving. And carrying Newtown in our hearts and souls while you try to heal. Love, a schoolteacher, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Ronald Bernard wrote:
To the family, friends and loved ones of Sandy Hook and the Community of Newtown. My sincerest sympathies for your loss. This tragic event has saddend me in a way I never thought possible. As a complete stranger to all of you , I can only say my heart aches for you and I could never begin to know the grief that you all share. I have never met any of you, yet I feel as if I lost one of my own. I send my heart felt love and prayers to all of you and hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are millions of people just like me that care deeply for all of you.
Hugs For Sandy Hook is just one of many projects and websites that have been created to show support for Newtown. The Wall of Love is another site that uses interactive functions to display a virtual wall of sayings and photos. On Instagram, photographer Josh Johnson started the hashtag #jj_HeartsforSandyHook and received thousands of heart images dedicated to the community.