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Quad Citians Help To Heal

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At Capri College in Davenport, students and staff wore green and white Wednesday, December 19, 2012 to remember the victims in Newtown, Conn. At the East Village Cafe, they're showing their appreciation and support by giving away free cups of coffee to teachers until Friday. And  the Simpkins family in Rock Island, are packing up their bags and heading to Newtown on Thursday, to spend the holidays with families there.

It's all a way to aid in healing and honor the memory of the victims.

Brooke Woodbury at Capri said the events in Newtown hit the college community hard.

"So many of the students here, staff, faculty, they all have kids. You could just see the terror in everybody's eyes watching the footage on TV... When news of the tragedy broke, everyone was silent."

But today, they have this message for those in Newtown.

"We have support behind them, we know this is not an easy time for them, that people do care for them."

At the East Village Cafe, they're handing out free cups of coffee to teachers to show their appreciation.

"We're all in that same boat, and I know any of the teachers here would probably have done the same thing and our hearts go out, this is our way of saying thank you," says Devin Rojas, owner of the East Village Café.

The coffee shop will keep this up until Friday, as their way of saying thanks.

In Rock Island, Jennifer and Amber Simpkin are packing up to go to Newtown on Thursday, December 20, 2012

"When we were watching, we were crying for these people and it just dawned on us that we cannot do anything from here, so it would just be best if we took our Christmas and do what we could to give to them."

They tell KWQC they don't know exactly what they'll do when they get there, except to just be there for support.

"It could've been our town, it could've been our children. and we would've wanted people to extend their arms the way we're trying to."

The Simpkins will be leaving Thursday afternoon and anyone interested in sending well wishes, notes of encouragement, or any other support to Newtown can contact Jennifer at 563-650-8342 or by email at simpkinsjen@gmail.com. Amber can be reached at 563-265-4883.

You can also donate to a support fund set up for Sandy Hook Elementary through the Newtown Savings Bank, Newtown, CT.

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