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Newtown’s Hearts Of Hope Arrive In Boston

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Standing within the lobby of The Fairmont Crown Plaza Hotel, on the left are Newtown residents Michael Hadgraft and his father, Jeff. Fifth from right is Hearts of Hope Founder Judy Pederson; second from right and on the right are mother and daughter Kathleen and Rachel Cole, also from Newtown. Volunteers from New York Life Insurance, which had subsidized the costs for the majority of hearts that were painted in Newtown, joined the group on May 15.

Hundreds of Hearts of Hope — palm-sized ceramic hearts, hand painted with personalized messages — painted in Newtown in recent weeks were packaged up and transported to Boston on Tuesday, May 15, on the one-month anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Four Newtown residents joined Hearts of Hope Founder Judy Pederson to hand out the 1,200 hearts in Copley Square. Staff at The Fairmont Crown Plaza Hotel loaned the group one of its luggage carriers so that they could wheel the boxes of packaged hearts across the street, where the hearts were handed out in less than two hours. Volunteers from New York Life Insurance, which had subsidized the costs for the majority of hearts that were painted in Newtown, joined the group on May 15.

Another 400 hearts painted in Newtown, which had not been finished by early last week, will be shipped to Watertown (Mass.) Police Department, said Ms Pederson.

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