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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 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.


Operation Kids Comfort is coming to Newtown this morning with 3-thousand teddy bears from Breezy Point and beyond.  The Comfort Crew will make their first drop of teddy bears and other donations at a private party with Newtown families before heading to the Big Y plaza on Queen Street to distribute the toys from 11am to 2pm. 


Operation Kids Comfort was started by Breezy Point residents of Queens who received donations, support and kindness after losing everything in Superstorm Sandy.  The pair wanted to pay it forward.

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