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SQUIRREL HILL (KDKA) — Members of the Sandy Hook community are doing their part to help Squirrel Hill heal after the tragic Tree of Life Synagogue shooting.

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A woman organized a group that paid for everyone’s coffee at the Commonplace Coffee shop on Forbes Avenue.


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She said they’re paying it forward after the outpouring of support they received after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

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“She said that we are now a part of a group that we shouldn’t have to be a part of and she wanted the community to know that they weren’t alone,” Lydia Gibson, a barista at Commonplace Coffee, said.

Gibson says the group of 15 families sent them $650 to pay for patrons’ coffee on Saturday.

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“We were able to give out drinks of anyone’s choice for the majority of today, and there were some beautiful, beautiful moments that we saw happen,” Gibson said.