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Altoona native talks about outpouring of love in Newtown

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Connecticut (WQOW) - An Altoona native says the show of support for those in Newtown, Connecticut has been amazing, and she would know because she lives in the area.  Up until three months ago, she lived five houses away from Sandy Hook Elementary.

Twenty children and six adults were murdered at that school two weeks ago.  On Thursday, WQOW News 18 spoke with Dana Salvador, who has friends and family in the Chippewa Valley.  She says the mood in the Newtown area is somber, there is deep pain, but there's also been an outpouring of love shown by so many people.  "Whether it would be their artwork, their food, their candles, their flowers or a teddy bear arrangement... to looking to get on the street where traffic is backed up for miles and all you can see is headlights and rain and people let you go through, there is just this outpouring of consideration for each other," said Salvador.

Newtown now has warehouses full of gifts that have been sent from around the world.  The community says because it's having a tough time processing all of the gifts, it's now asking people to temporarily stop sending things in and instead, donate them locally in memory of the victims.

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