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It's hard not to imagine the faces of your own children when you see the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary. Mega Blessing Church members found a way to honor their short, yet meaningful lives. 

Thursday night they planned a vigil around their annual Christmas program. Many members are parents themselves, and still unable to understand the actions behind the crime.

"It's just been on my heart every day," says LaKeisha Mathis, the vigil organizer at Mega Blessing Church.  "I have three children of my own, and my oldest son is within that age bracket."

"It's important that we know what happened, to not forget what happened," says Rev. Otis Washington, the pastor. "It was a tragedy and we don't want this to happen again."

Twenty Toledo kids with twenty names lit twenty candles to remember the lives taken in Newtown, CT.

"It really broke my heart because a lot of people leave their homes without even realizing it may be the last time they even get to be with their families," says Samuel Fooks, a church member.

Each child serves as a reminder of what we should be grateful for this holiday season.

"It's not about gifts or money or anything of that nature," says Mathis.  "It's about love, life and family."

"We want our kids to know here at Mega Blessings Church: don't ever forget the children that lost their lives," says Pastor Washington.

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