ARCATA MAN SENDING MEMORIAL VASES TO FAMILIES OF VICTIMS IN NEWTOWN SHOOTING
Humboldt County, Ca- Out of the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy has come something beautiful. People all over the country have been joining NBC News’ ’26 Acts of Kindness’ campaign.
In December we aired a story about the Arcata man who was going to make 26 memorial vases for each victim, well now they are complete and about to leave for Connecticut.
It took 2 months and 117 pounds of clay, but Mark Campbell has finally completed the 27 memorial vases. 26 are for each victim who died, and one large vase with everyone’s picture.
It’s been his personal mission since that December morning, when 20 students and 6 adults were shot and killed in Newtown Connecticut. Campbell added, "I can not imagine what the families are going through. This was horrible, one of the darkest days I can remember."
They have the faces of all 26 victims, including Victoria Soto; the heroic Sandy Hook teacher who died trying to save her first graders. Campbell said, "the hardest part for me personally was finding the images online... It was really really hard to look at pictures of individual victims where you see images from their birth all the way up to their casket."
He adds that finding where to send the vases took him one month alone. Campbell added, "I had to pull a lot of strings. It was tough. There have been a lot of people that have contacted me… I've talked to teachers over there. I've talked to people who were friends with the family."
But his efforts proved successful. Campbell is sending the vases to Connecticut through a non-profit organization called ‘Healing Newtown.’ Campbell added, "They act as a buffer between the artist and victims families themselves."
‘Healing Newtown’ focuses on helping the victim’s families’ deal with this tragedy through art. Campbell hopes to have the vases shipped by the end of the month.