NORMAN — New Life Bible Church opened its doors Saturday for people who want to help victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
About 20 people met at the church and created snowflakes that will be mailed to the Connecticut Parent Teacher Student Association.
The church provided the materials to make the snowflakes, as well as hot chocolate. Participants made about 100 snowflakes, said Sarah Williams, administrative assistant at the church.
“Everyone was very happy to make even a small impact in the situation,” Williams said. “We talked about how we were ready to see the new school decorated.”
Church member Jackie Lindley suggested the idea after hearing about the Connecticut Parent Teacher Student Association's nationwide appeal for homemade snowflakes.
“So many of us are grieving and heartbroken for the loss of these little children,” said Lindley.
Lindley and her four children, as well as her nieces and nephews, made snowflakes Saturday.
“It felt good to make snowflakes for the kids, because they had so many losses,” said Katie Lindley, 10. “The snowflakes will probably cheer them up.”
The Connecticut association is trying to collect as many original snowflakes as possible to create a winter wonderland for Sandy Hook students when they return to their new school this month.
Alcott Middle School also participated in the project. Ana Deaton, Alcott Parent Teacher Association president, encouraged students to create snowflakes over the winter break.
“I have struggled with wanting to do something for the precious survivors and heroes, but I had no idea where to begin,” Deaton said in an email to Alcott PTA members. “I think this is a great project for my family over break.”
Deaton plans to mail the snowflakes she collects to Connecticut this week.