Activism, charity sustain Sandy Hook families 5 years later

A memorial for those killed in the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is seen on Dec. 24, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. (Photo: Andrew Burton / Getty Images FILE)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Out of a senseless tragedy, many relatives of the 26 children and educators killed five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School have sought ways to find meaning in advocacy.

They’ve dedicated themselves to charity, activism and other efforts to channel their grief and, in many cases, to help prevent violence.

Related: 5 years later: Remembering the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings

Some organizations honor the passions of the children who were lost on Dec. 14, 2012.

Others have jumped into the policy fray to lobby for gun control or improved mental health care. In some cases, they’ve traveled the country, and even the world, as recognized experts in their fields.

Related: Flags to be lowered in honor of Newtown shooting victims

The Sandy Hook families have created a website to share each of their stories and information about the various projects they’ve started in memory of their family members.

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