MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — More than 1,500 people took to the streets of Milford Saturday for a 5k that raises money to build playgrounds in memory of the Sandy Hook victims.
The Sandy Ground 5k aims to construct 26 playgrounds, each in honor of a victim of the Sandy Hook School shooting on Dec. 14, 2012.
On Saturday, the proceeds went to playground number 17, which is in memory of 6-year-old James Mattioli.
“My girlfriend’s daughter was the teacher who took off the day that the kids were killed in Newtown and I just feel that this is just a way to show our support,” said one participant.
On a sunny spring day, the turnout was exceptional. And while the mood was both upbeat and somber, the intent remains: never forget.
“It’s a really tough time for a lot of the kids,” said organizer Shannon Brown. “I did a packet pickup in Newtown the other night and it was tough. We had a lot of little kids who came up to us and said James was their best friend.”