H-PISMO BEACH

Dec 18, 2012 1:58 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Locals finding ways to help and support CT shooting victims

The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT have many locals on the Central Coast asking, "What can I do to help?"

Pismo Beach resident and retired teacher Cathy Gibbons said when she heard about the shootings, her heart broke. She said she spent the entire weekend glued to her television and iPad to get the latest updates on the massacre. Gibbons said she taught students for over 35 years, and each student was like a child of her own to her.

"They [Sandy Hook students] just thought it was going to be a happy day, it's almost Christmas. And so, that innocence made us just want to reach out," said Gibbons.

Gibbons said she and her husband knew immediately that she wanted to do something to help the community of Newtown. She decided to take to her needle and thread. On Monday, Gibbons sewed together nearly a dozen green and white ribbons, the school colors of Sandy Hook Elementary. She said she was going to share them with her co-workers, in hopes that they be worn and dialogue would be set off.

She said, "I think all of us then, are working through our grief in various ways."

On top of also sending out condolence cards to the school as well as one of the victim's parents, Gibbons is also working on crocheting 26 blankets to the families who lost loved ones on Friday.

"I'm trying to make them for the families, for those families, because you know a lot of them had siblings that are now waiting for those kids to come back and they're not," said Gibbons.

It's a way, said Gibbons, to send her love, from one Coast to the other.

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