(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Newtown, Conn.) - All along the streets of Newtown, Conn., there are constant reminders of the tragedy that unfolded here.
There are also growing memorials to the 26 students, teachers and staff killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday.
"I saw the angels on a television station last night and I just felt I’ve got to do something different," Dan Barenholtz of Clifton, N.J., said.
People from across the country feel compelled to do something – anything – to try to help Sandy Hook get through this very difficult time. Barenholtz brought balloons to lift up the memory of each victim.
Amanda Vogel of Bristol, Conn. brought 20 tiny stockings to remember the children who won’t be celebrating the holidays with their loved ones.
"I just felt like I needed to do something so my kids and I made little stockings with everybody’s initials on them," Vogel said.
But a week filled with funerals and wakes has taken its toll on this tight knit community, and the thousands of well-wishers and global media who have descended on Newtown have made it difficult, if not impossible, for this town to begin the healing process.
In an open letter to the Newtown Patch, Sandy Hook resident Sandy Scheilbel Shill wrote, "We can't get to work, school or the grocery store. We can't get to the funerals to bury our babies or to our neighbors to comfort them...We know that you are feeling our pain and appreciate all you have done but please stay home and give us back ours."
Instead, some suggest writing down your thoughts and prayers and sending them to the special post office box set up by Connecticut postal workers to pass along well-wishes to the first responders, school community and victims’ families.
"We are fortunate to be in a position to be able to deliver those kinds of messages and bring comfort, whatever small measure there may be, to those people that have been affected," U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Christine Dugas said.
If you would like to send a letter to someone affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy, the address is:
Sandy Hook Tragedy
P.O. Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470