Newtown residents flood Ben's Bells with messages of support

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Newtown residents flood Ben's Bells with messages of support

CREATED Jan 16, 2013

Reporter: Jennifer Waddell
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It has been a week since KGUN9 was able to share a story with you that touched our hearts, your hearts and the people of Newtown, Connecticut.

The Ben's Bells journey of kindness, that left beautiful handmade bells in that town also left quite an impression. So much so, the neighbors in Newtown are sharing their heartfelt messages on the Ben's Bells Facebook page.

KGUN9 wanted to share those messages with you in our Viewers' Voice. A Viewers' Voice which carries another voice as well:  the voice of Newtown survivors.

These are some of the messages Newtown residents left on the Ben's Bells Facebook page:

"We found a bell here today in Newtown after leaving a fundraiser for Sandy Hook!! Thanks so much it put a smile on all our faces!!"
Cheri Zucca Bisson

"Driving by the places we hung the bells and seeing that they are now gone brings a smile to my face every time! Spreading kindness throughout our devastated town has made me hope again."
Aimee Labrecque Barricelli

"I found my bell in the stop and shop parking lot this morning. I was having one of those "low" mornings we all get more often now, and this completely turned my day around."
Jacqui Ottomeyer Kaplan

"Found my bell today at the diner. Thank you!"
Jen Reilly

"I want to let you know how much joy and love you all have brought to our shaken and sad town. Finding Ben's Bells has turned into finding gold at the end of a rainbow here!"
Lisa Wallace

Victoria Soto, the beautiful and brave teacher at Sandy Hook who saved her children by hiding them, also died for her students.

It turns out Victoria's mother found a Ben's Bell.  Even though we can't imagine the pain Donna Fagan Soto is feeling, she still took the time to leave a message for Ben's Bells, writing, "I found a bell, thank you so much.  My daughter Victoria Soto was killed in the shooting in Sandy Hook. It is in my home now."

The rendition of Over The Rainbow heard in the attached video is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.  The proceeds will go to Newtown United Way and Newtown Youth Academy.