"I think it was shock and disbelief," said Kara Rakowski.
Rakowski said the shooting in Connecticut hit her especially hard.
"It hit very close to home, and then having children at home as well, it wasn't just professional, but also personal," said Rakowski.
She works in early childhood education and after she heard the news, she wanted to help.
"I was looking into what was happening in different areas and I haven't seen anything," said Rakowski.
She's not the only one in central Wisconsin wanting to lend a helping hand. Many people like Rakowski have searched the internet looking for ways to help.
"We've gotten a lot of phone calls from people who want to volunteer their time, volunteer their professional skills, donate to the families, and to the surviving siblings," said United Way's Isabel Almeida.
We talked with the United Way in western Connecticut. Organizers said they are overwhelmed by all of the support coming in from across the nation.
"We just don't have an understanding of what the needs of the community are going to be long term," said Almeida.
They said the best thing people can do right now is donate money to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
"There was a donator who has donated Christmas trees to line the driveway of Sandy Hook Elementary and people are bringing ornaments to decorate these trees," said Almeida
As people work to honor victim's memories and mourn their loss, the shooting is bringing families across the country closer.
"I definitely have held on tighter to them, and hugged them more and just kept them much closer," said Rakowski.
With the nation coming together to remember the 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary.
If you'd like to donate to the fund, visit the United Way's website: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/
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