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May 14, 2013 2:59 PM

Paying it forward from Tucson to Newtown to Boston

The momentum that comes from acts of kindness has helped comfort and show support for Newtown and Boston bombing victims -- and it all started in Tucson.

Last year's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary shook the nation to the core. In many ways, it's something Tucson knows all too well. After the January 8th shootings, we became aware of the importance of showing love and supporting our fellow man.

As a token of that, Tucson had a banner created and allowed the community to sign it with their personal condolences, thoughts and prayers. It hung at the Children's Museum on a Saturday and collected messages of hope and support. Read the story and watch the video.

It was shipped to Connecticut, where the people of Newtown accepted it with gratitude.

Then, on April 15 the following year, there was Boston.

The bombings, just like past shootings, shook a community.

Newtown decided to pay it forward, with inspiration from Tucson's banner. They made a banner of their own and shipped it to Boston.

The Boston mayor wrote a letter.

"On behalf of the people of Boston, I thank you and the people of Newtown for sending me the banner filled with signatures and words of prayer and support," Thomas Menino said. "Rest assured Boston and Newtown stand together, not just during tough days but for all days."

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