Anonymous Donor Gifts 26 Christmas Trees to Honor Shooting Victims

12/16/2012 at 04:20 PM EST

Connecticut School Shooting: Christmas Tree Tribute
26 Christmas trees represent the victims of Friday's Connecticut school shooting
Mike Segar/Reuters/Landov
This year, 26 families – and an innumerable count of mourning loved ones and strangers alike – will spend the holidays in the shadow of a national tragedy.

An anonymous North Carolina donor contributed 26 Christmas trees – one for each of the 20 children and six adults killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday – for a special tribute.

Volunteers helping out at the town's fire station decorated the 5-ft. trees, which were lined up in the direction of the school on Saturday.

"We felt the need to come here with our children," said one Newtown resident, "and this is a wonderful way to honor the young children who died."

The gunman Adam Lanza shot his mother before the school massacre, and was dead on the scene, bringing the death toll to 28.

Here are the names of the victims:
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison N. Wyatt, 6
Rachel Davino, 29
Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Nancy Lanza, 52
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27

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