Latest On Sandy Hook Elementary Dec 23

By: AP
By: AP
Lives remembered at string of services... Conn. town in mourning inundated with gifts, money... Crafters send mittens with a message to Newtown...

Ben Toby of Sandy Hook visits a memorial to the Newtown shooting victims during a heavy rain in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. The shooter, Adam Lanza, walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Dec. 14, and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself.� (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Funerals and memorial services are wrapping up for the 26 children and adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., just over a week ago.
On Saturday, a horse-drawn carriage brought the miniature coffin of Ana Marquez-Greene to a church in Bloomfield, Conn., where a thousand mourners gathered. The service for the 6-year-old included a performance by Harry Connick Jr., who has played with the girl's jazz saxophonist father, Jimmy Greene, according to the Connecticut Post.
Family members remembered her as wild-haired child with her own love of music.
At the funeral for Josephine Gay in Newtown, Monsignor Robert Weiss of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church said the 7-year-old liked Barbie, her iPad and the color purple.
Dozens of emergency responders paid their respects at the start of the service.
In northern Utah, 6-year-old Emilie Parker was laid to rest in Ogden, next to her maternal grandfather, who died 2 1/2 months earlier.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- The Connecticut town in mourning over the loss of 20 children and six school workers in the December school massacre has been overwhelmed by gifts from across the world.
More than $2.6 million in donations has poured into Newtown's official memorial fund. The United Way is administering the fund without charge. Hundreds of thousands of dollars also have been collected in private fundraisers to pay for funerals, memorials or even a new school to replace Sandy Hook Elementary where the shootings occurred just over a week ago.
Saturday, all the children of Newtown were invited to an event to choose from among hundreds of donated toys.
The local United Way is asking people to stop sending toys and, instead, do charitable work or make a donation in the victims' names.

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Connecticut mom is turning to a children's classic and her fellow knitters to help Sandy Hook Elementary students when they walk into their new school.
Kim Piscatelli of East Hampton, Conn., came up with the idea to send each child a copy of "The Kissing Hand" and a pair of handmade mittens adorned with a heart in one palm.
The heart signifies the kiss left by the mother of a scared raccoon Chester in the book when he does not want to go to school.
Piscatelli's idea spread quickly on Facebook and websites for knitters and crafters. Now she has a warehouse of 1,600 books ready to deliver the first week of January. Knitters from California to Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands are working to make enough mittens.

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