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Events across Middle TN set to help Sandy Hook victims

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As the nation continues to mourn the lives lost in Newtown, CT, a new push to help seems to be catching on.

Over the next few days, several events in Middle Tennessee will raise much-needed support and money for Newtown as people across the nation move from grief to action.

That spirit was on display Thursday in Springfield, where candles and music said what words could not.

Teddy bears and handwritten notes also sat ready for the people of Newtown after United Way volunteer Heath Parks put the plan into action.

"And I thought, you know what, everyone can grab a bear. Everybody can write a letter," Parks said.

Charity free throw tournament

In Williamson County, some are giving back in a much different way. A free throw tournament provided the Heritage Community Recreation Association the chance to raise money through basketball.

"We're about community and youth of the community. And in doing so, we wanted to give back," said organizer Barry Weinstein.

Dozens of kids competed for a chance to face off at a high school game. A larger free throw event for the entire community could raise thousands of dollars for Newtown. It is set for Saturday at Heritage Middle School and Spring Station Middle School.

People can also donate online at

"26.4.26" charity run

Running shoes will be hitting the ground in Nashville this weekend to help victims of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

A group of local runners plan to run 26 miles for the 26 victims' lives lost.

X-3 Endurance and the Nashville Running Company say they originally hoped to get a few dozen people out for the impromptu charity run, but now they are expecting more than 500 participants.

"The reason it's got such good feedback, I think, is because anytime it involves kids it hits everybody pretty close, whether you're a parent or not. And I think it's a good way for the community that is probably still grieving in a lot of ways to come out. We can't help physically, but we can give back and help them out. So, the more the merrier," said organizer Robbie Bruce.

The run steps off Saturday at 8 a.m. at parking lot R outside LP Field.

Organizers say they will offer four different routes, ranging in distance from 6 1/2 miles all the way up to a full marathon 26 miles.

All donations collected at the event will go directly to the United Way fund set up for Sandy Hook families.

For more information on the running event, visit:

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