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Memorial for Sandy Hook victims created in Williamston

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WILLIAMSTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The tragedy that claimed 28 lives overall is driving many here in the Upstate to take a moment to show those affected that they are in their thoughts.

Friday one woman was inspired to create a different kind of memorial for the victims to honor them every Christmas.

Debbie Brooks Chapman of Williamston has taken it upon herself to create a special display for Newtown, CT, right outside of her business. However, she says she needs help to make it complete.

She and her friends put up a Christmas tree in honor of the victims. It's more than just a tree, they've started filling it with ornaments, and they want the community to help out by adding ornaments their own.

"I want this mayor to know that people are thinking about them, so I hope people will come out and put ornaments on the tree," said Chapman.  

After Christmas, Chapman says she'll keep all of the ornaments and save them for another tree next year and years to come. 

"I want to make sure we remember these people not just today but from now on because this is a tragedy that's happened," said Chapman.  

Chapman said more and more ornaments, even from strangers, are being added to the tree every day, even by young children.

The tree is located at 310 West Main St. in Williamston. If you'd like to add to the cause, organizers ask you to leave a plastic ornament on the tree with the date and your name "In Loving Memory of Sandy Hook." They ask ornaments be attached to the tree with wire so that they don't blow off in the wind.

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