Posted: Jan 3, 2013 6:28 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Jan 3, 2013 7:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - Phillip Syas, chaplain of the Baton Rouge City Constable's office, recently visited Newtown, Conn. to lend a helping hand and offer the word of God to those suffering with loss.
Syas told News 2 today his trip changed him forever.
"It was so overwhelming, it touched my heart deeply," he said. "It was amazing seeing everyone come together, despite the circumstances."
Syas described the town as one that survives by holding on to one another.
"I couldn't even imagine something like that ever happening and as much as I deal with crime every day, that would have been just so new and fresh to me," said Syas.
The Constable's Office paid for the trip, after they heard he was planning to go to Newtown and offer consolation to the people suffering in the wake of the tragedy.
Syas and the Constable's Office plan to monogram teddy bears with each child's name who lost their life that day. The office is accepting donations to help with the monograms, and the teddy bears will be auctioned off. Money raised will be sent to Sandy Hook Elementary to help the students.
Donations can be made out to "Operation Safe Streets" and sent to the following address:
Operation Safe Streets
9207 Cortana Place
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Make sure to include a note the donations are for "Operation Sandy Hook".