San Diegans rally around Sandy Hook Elementary

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SAN DIEGO – Members of the San Diego community are finding creative ways to show their support for Sandy Hook Elementary.

A picture may be worth 1,000 words but the artwork at Art Soup in Encinitas speaks for itself.

The studio opened its doors to healing local kids and their parents by sending their art projects with warm sentiments to the community of Newtown, Conn.

SD residents rally behind Sandy Hook“This affects everybody even if you’re not in Connecticut,” Art Soup co-owner Michael Golden said.  “We wanted to be able to express our feelings all the way from the West Coast to the East Coast and show everybody the support that we have.”

Art Soup is collecting artwork at the Encinitas location and the owners hope the warm wishes will go a long way.

“As parents and citizens we just feel a responsibility and a duty for service and to give back to our community,” Art Soup co-owner Tiffany Golden said.

If art isn’t your thing, a San Diego canine celebrity is barking up support for Sandy Hook Elementary as well.

Ricochet “The Surfing Dog” launched an online fundraiser to send a guardian angel teddy bears to every student at the school.

“We all want to know that we are safe in the world and after something like that, it shakes you to the core,” Puppy Prodigies Executive Director Judy Fridono said. “We all want to know that we have a guardian angel watching over us. This is just a physical thing that the kids can hold.”

Several organizations like the San Diego Association of Realtors, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego Police Officers Association, San Diego Chamber of Commerce, South Bay Family YMCA and Point Loma Nazarene University are teaming up to honor the victims of the massacre.

Twenty-six Christmas trees are up in front of the SDAR building in Kearny Mesa. The public is invited to decorate the trees before a lighting ceremony Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

“We were impacted by this as much as any other community across the country,” SDAR CEO Mark Mercurio said. “We wanted to show that we care and we understand what they’re going through. We’re trying to have a display for everybody in San Diego to mourn and share their grief as well.”