A group of Cape May moms has formed Healing Hands for Sandy Hook, a grassroots organization in Cape May County aimed at raising funds to help heal the community of Newtown, Conn., the site of the deadly school massacre Dec. 12, which took the lives of 20 children and six faculty members. The moms are Laura Goodavage, mother of two children, ages 5 and 3; Christina Walls, mother of three, ages 5, 3 and 1; and Jessica Groetsch, mother of two, ages 6 and 4 (with her third child on the way).

"The media attention has begun to die down, which is good because they need to heal, but healing takes time and work," Goodavage said. "What are these children going to do 10 years from now, when they are 15 years old? What we really need to do now is to help them to begin to heal."

That is the mission of Healing Hands for Sandy Hook. Funds raised through the effort will go directly to the Newtown Parent Connection, a foundation begun in 2006 by two mothers in Newtown, Conn. The foundation has served many needs in the community and has been a beacon for assistance in times of disaster, including the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Newtown Parent Connection has agreed to earmark the Healing Hands for Sandy Hook money for mental health and healing programs such as group and private therapy sessions and yoga and art therapy.

"We want them to know, 'You're not alone,'" Goodavage said. "There are other small communities that are thinking of you, and we want to come together and help."

Contact Elisa Lala:

609-463-6713

If you go

What: Healing Hands for Sandy Hook benefit event

When: 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23

Where: Cabana's Beach Bar and Grill, 429 Beach Ave., Cape May

Cost:

Tickets to the benefit are $26, in honor of the 20 children and six faculty members who died. All proceeds will benefit the Newtown Parent Connection, a grassroots foundation begun in 2006 by two mothers in Newtown, Conn.

For more information, visit healinghandsforsandyhook.com. The Healing Hands for Sandy Hook fundraising program will continue to collect funds indefinitely for the cause.