Area residents are finding ways to show they are remembering those suffering in the wake of the tragedy that struck Newtown, Conn.
Jody Adams, 78, of Charleston, has volunteered at St. Francis Hospital for 22 years and now donates her time in the emergency room two days a week.
With her artistic flair, she recently created a Christmas tree from ribbon for one wall. After the shootings occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary, a co-worker suggested she add something to the display as a memorial.
A total of 26 people were gunned down at the school on Dec. 14 when 20-year-old Adam Lanza, clad all in black, broke into the school and opened fire on students and staff. The gunman also killed his mother at her home and committed suicide.
The incident has weighed heavily on the hearts of people everywhere.
"Every time I think of those children, it breaks my heart," Adams said.
She turned to her life-long love for art to create a memorial that is visible to all who enter the emergency room area.
For each victim, she made a paper angel and put a name on it. The angels float above the Christmas tree.