Volunteer advocates and elected officials are kicking off an "acts of kindness" week in Connecticut to honor the victims of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and Senator Richard Blumenthal joined the United Way and others to call for volunteer work and other service to honor those killed last December.
Newtown is not hosting formal events to mark the anniversary Saturday.
Families of those killed say they will be lighting candles in the victims' memory the night before the shooting's anniversary. Relatives of 14 of the 26 victims appeared at a news conference Monday asking people to consider marking the anniversary with "acts of kindness".
A year later, inside the big house on Berkshire Road, dolls fill the shelves of a living room and sticky letters remain in place on a kitchen window. ``Avielle,'' they spell. Outside, Christmas lights shimmer again. But so, too, do the 26 bronze stars that sit atop the local firehouse, one for each adult and child killed. It has been a painful and frenetic year, for Avielle's parents and for all of Newtown.