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Easthampton Christmas Box Angel community supports a statue in Newtown, Conn.

Easthampton’s Christmas Box Angel statue, located in John Bator Park on Williston Avenue, was installed in 2001 to memorialize children who died.

Robert and Nance MacDonald of Westhampton helped erect the statue after their son, David, died in a car accident 15 years ago.

Nance MacDonald said the bronze angel statue helped her grieve and she hopes it will do the same for those in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children were shot in a Dec. 14 mass shooting.

“That day, when everything about it started coming over the news, it was the first thing I did,” she said, referring to her call to Christmas Box International, the organization responsible for the statues. “I wanted to see if we could do something and raise money together to give this to Newtown.”

“The statue is beautiful, there are flowers and people there; it’s more positive” than a gravesite, she said.

There are nearly 100 angel statues built or in the works around the country, all inspired by the novel “The Christmas Box” by Richard Paul Evans about a mother grieving for her child.

According to the “Angel of Hope for Newtown” website, organizers said that they are almost halfway to their $20,000 goal. The statues, purchased from Evans’ organization, cost $14,500.

There are additional costs for the statue base, engraving and landscaping.

For more information about the cause, visit the Facebook page for “Angel of Hope for Newtown,” or email angelofhopefornewtown@yahoo.com.

Donations can be sent to the Angel of Hope for Newtown account at TD Bank, 835 Wolcott St., Waterbury CT 06705.

— REBECCA EVERETT

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