Rebekah Harriman-Stites, Rob & Debora Accomando

Age: 36, 48 & 42
Hometown: Sandy Hook
Cause: Support for victims

Within days of the December 2012 killing of 26 adults and children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, these locals vowed to raise money for grieving families; bills had to be paid, says Rob, but “you couldn’t go back to work after this.” They recruited about 30 neighbors to coordinate aid and scores more to do chores. The fund has turned over $1.8 million to the victims’ families.

Watch a video about the Sandy Hook heroes.

Says Rob:

Most wouldn’t accept help from strangers, but when moms come from the community, it means a lot. It was love, pure love, given by a neighbor.”

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