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Newtown blanketed in snowflakes from around world

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Newtown has been blanketed with snowflakes ever since the loss of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The Connecticut Parent Teacher's Association sent out a press release requesting handmade "Snowflakes for Sandy Hook"  from PTA members from across the country to create a "winter wonderland" at the new school the kids moved into.

The day after the press release, the PTA received its first delivery.

"We were so excited we said, 'Let's take a picture of it. We have a box already,'" said Connecticut PTA President Jim Accomando.

After 25 days of taking multiple deliveries each day, there is an entire lobby stuffed floor to ceiling. The entire Connecticut PTA office is crammed from end to end.

"Literally an avalanche of snow, we are buried in mail," Accomando said.

A processing center has been set up with between 10 and 12 volunteers processing the donations. Officials said they have not been able to get ahead of the deliveries.

"I'm under water right now with a straw breathing," Accomando said.

The snowflakes inside the center were crafted out of every conceivable medium. However, they were mostly made by children who sat down at kitchen tables and school desks across the country and poured their hearts into this project.

PTA said they "vastly underestimated" the amount of donations that they were expecting to receive and have gotten deliveries from up to 50 countries.

At this point, even if they decorate every school in the district, which they plan to do, there will still be millions of snowflakes left over. Accomando said he and his staff may be shoveling out for months.

"Oh my goodness, I wouldn't change this for the world," Accomando said.

However, the PTA has decided to close the snowflake project to further donations.

"Thank you to everyone who has donated snowflakes on behalf of the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School and the community of Newtown," the PTA said on its website. "We know that each snowflake represents the emotional outreach of the person making it. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from around not just the country but the world."

The PTA advised people to make snowflakes for their own communities and "create their winter wonderlands ... as a show of solidarity for our Newtown families."

Besides snowflakes, PTA officials said they have received boxes of sympathy cards, trading cards and even money out of their piggy banks.

"We'll be here until the last piece of mail is opened," Accomando said.

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