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Anyone who wants to comfort the victims of the Newtown tragedy can sign an ornament with a message.

MARIETTA, Ga. -- While he was at school on Friday, Charlie Wyman got a text from his mother saying she loved him.  The 13-year-old Marietta high school student said he didn't understand why she sent it out of the blue, until he learned what had happened in Newtown, Connecticut, where he was born.

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He and his mother decided to put up a Christmas tree in their front yard.  They invited anyone who wanted to comfort the victims of the tragedy to sign an ornament with a message.  They plan to send the ornaments up to Newtown. They had several on the tree Sunday morning.

"We want them to know that those of us all the way down here in Georgia are here for them," Wyman said. "Knowing their pain and trying to help them get through this."

His mother Caroline Wyman said she and her husband chose Newtown as the place to start their family because it seemed so quaint and safe.  It's been 10 years since the family moved, but she said it's still that way, and her relatives are learning they knew people who were mourning.  She said the tree helped her cope as well, even though it's a small gesture. 

"It may be a small gesture and not anything big and grand, but it's something," Caroline Wyman said.  "It's something."

Charlie is planning to continue collecting the ornaments. Send his mom a Facebook message if you'd like their address to sign one.

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