A freshman at Roanoke College wants the people of Newtown, Connecticut to know this area cares about them.
One week ago, that town was site of shootings that killed 20 children and 6 adults inside an elementary school.
Shelby Wray and her mom, Melanie, sat patiently inside a gym at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount on Saturday.
"I asked people to bring care packages for first responders, families, anybody in the community that was affected just to give them hope," says Wray.
She collected money and made ribbons that bore the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School: white and green. Like everyone else, she can't believe the tragedy in Connecticut especially the 20 young lives that were taken.
"It's little kids you know they had a life ahead of them," says Wray.
As Shelby waited for people to stop by for the event she called 'Caring Hands for Newtown", WDBJ7 photographer Nick Beaty and reporter Elizabeth Harrington made handprints. They covered their hands in paint, left their mark on a piece of paper and then signed their names.
"I felt like I had to do something," says Wray, "I had to help out the community in some way."
Shelby knows it's not about a big crowd or number of donations but the thought that counts.