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Ulster County religious community prays for Newtown

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The religious community in Ulster County is keeping those in Newtown, Connecticut close to their hearts. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on what children from one local parish are doing to help.

KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Special prayers of remembrance for the 20 children and six adults killed in Friday's massacre in Newtown, Connecticut echoed throughout local parishes.

“My heart bleeds. There are no words to comfort people that lose a child like this,” said parishioner Susan Miniter.

No words, but hope that actions will speak to the hearts of those affected, according to Pastor Dave Jolly. At his St. James United Methodist Church, it’s children striving to help Newtown heal.

“What do you say to a family that’s a week away from Christmas? And now it’s going to be a very different Christmas indeed and sometimes, a child’s actions are better than all of our words,” said Pastor at St. James United Methodist Dave Jolly.

Children extend a creative hand and a caring heart to the families of the innocent six- and seven-year-olds who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary.

“One of the children said, ‘Well what about foam angels? What about something that could hang on the tree and be there not only now, but in the future?’” said Jolly.

Angels with hand written words of encouragement to help parents, brothers, sisters and those whose lives have been forever changed.

“Sometimes we think if we have something that reminds us that’s not a good thing, but actually most counselors would tell you that having someone say we remember, really can help a family,” said Jolly.

As faith based organizations join in prayer to get them through these trying times as a community.

“I cannot imagine the grief that the families are feeling right now,” said parishioner Michael Dolamore. “Hang in there and God bless you all.”

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