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Small gift bringing comfort to Newtown survivors

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5 year old Jakob Wenis is learning to read, write and count. He's also learning to cope.

Jakob, who is in kindergarten, survived the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Afterward, Jakob began having nightmares

The shooter killed 20 children and 6 adults.
The sign that once said Sandy Hook Elementary has been taken down, the school children relocated and the street sealed off but this is a community that is still struggling.
Jakob's parents remembered a toy they'd bought for Christmas, called a Starshine watchdog. The idea is that the watchdog stays awake, the child sleeps. Little stars, placed around the room, light up scary corners.

Jakob's parents saw how the toy helped and called its inventor in California, Geoff Roesch, himself a 9-11 survivor.

Roesch packed up every Starshine watchdog he had and went to Newtown to hand out hundreds of the toys. That night, the toys brought comfort to the children and their community.

Jakob did not see the shooting, but did witness the chaos afterwards, when emergency responders swarmed to the scene.

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