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Local Photographers Raise Money for Newtown Community

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It was the morning of December 14th when a man shot and killed 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Since then, communities have been pitching in any way they can, including ours right here in northern Nevada.

On Saturday, a couple of local photographers put their talents to good use with a fundraiser to help families heal in Newtown.

Alissa Mortensen brought her two kids to the photo fundraiser not only to take some cute photos, but also lend a helping hand to the Newtown community.

"If we can come together and do something for them, even if it's something little, I think it helps the whole community heal," she says.

For $25, each family received four photos of their kids. All the money raised goes directly to the Sandy Hook School Fund. Photographer Sally Casas along with several volunteers organized the fundraiser.

"I have an 8-year-old son myself, so it just makes me want to go and get him out of school," says Sally. "And, I feel like I wanted to do something, but I didn't know what to do."

Sally says this idea for a fundraiser received nothing but positive support from people just like her who want to help.

"I would hope if something like that did happen here, that the community would reach out as well from across the nation," says Brandy Maxwell, who had photos taken of her daughter.

Alissa hopes some of the money will go toward the survivors of the shooting.

"Whether that be the other kids that are in the school, or the families that are dealing with this," she says. "Something that goes toward the kids' memories."

Alissa's mom, Analee, was a school teacher in Carson City. So, both of them recognize how devastating the shooting was on the Newtown community.

"Teaching first, second, third grade all of my career, it was very meaningful to me to do anything to help," says Analee.  

Analee says most importantly, this fundraiser shows them how much we care.

"It's not so much the money, as it's the absolute, I'm doing something to let you know that we care about you."

Sally won't know how much money she raised until next week, but says she's thankful people came out to donate.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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