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Operation Snowflake Benefits Sandy Hook Students

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DOVER, Del. - Students at the Kent County Community Action Agency in Dover are too young to understand what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But one thing they do know is how to bring a smile to other kids' faces.
Reporter: "Why are you coloring that snowflake today?
"So they can be happy," said Carleya McCray, a kindergarten student at KCCAA.

They - meaning the students from Sandy Hook. Debbie Armstrong with United Way of Delaware said the Sandy Hook Elementary PTA asked the community to come together to support it through "Operation Snowflake."

"Mobilizing the community through our partners at United Way and throughout the community to have a central location to come in and drop them off or create them, gives us a bigger opportunity to make a difference," said Armstrong.

One dropoff location is in downtown Dover.

"I felt impaled to come in and be a part of this. I was in one of the schools the day that it happened. I could tell it was a tension in the air. Hopefully something like this, pleasant snowflakes, will help relieve some of that tension," said  Jim Purcell of Communities in Schools, a non-profit organization.

Other volunteers came to the West Loockerman Street location to also help make snowflakes.

"We didn't hesitate. I mean, it's sort of a no-brainer to come and do something that may help make the season a little bit brighter," said Christina Gianaris of Delmarva Council Boy Scouts.

Back at the Kent County Community Action Agency, students are decorating as many snowflakes as they can.
It's a small token to bring a little joy to the students and their families of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Sandy Hook Elementary has already received an abundance of snowflakes.
The United Way says you can still drop off your snowflakes at 24 West Loockerman Street in Dover, or at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club or the Laurel Boys and Girls Club through Friday.

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