Updated: Tuesday, 01 Jan 2013, 11:18 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 01 Jan 2013, 11:18 PM EST
MONROE, Conn. (WTNH) -- Monroe residents are preparing for the survivors arrival. When kids head to their new school they will be surrounded with signs of support.
Ribbons in Monroe may look like holiday ribbons but they're decorations of support.
"My husband and I wanted to do something to welcome the children of Sandy Hook," said Susan Cheshire of Monroe.
"So Sue and I picked up the bows at Christmas time in Buffalo," said Jeff Cheshire.
Donated from a restaurant, the Cheshires drove more than 6 hours from upstate New York with a trunk full of green bows, Sandy Hook's school color.
Then, they asked their neighbors Lin Lin and Susie Feuz to help hang them.
"I did want to help out but it's hard because I don't know how...how could I comfort these families that I had never met or didn't know, what could I do to help them out," said Susie Feuz.
So she was happy to join the other women and streamed them along the children's bus route.
"They're beautiful. It was fun doing it with Lin Lin and Susie and I just hope that the children have a little bit of peace coming down the street," said Susan Cheshire.
Others used signs. Across the street from the Chalk Hill school it reads "Welcome. We love you."
Another is outlined in lights and once inside they'll be greeted by snowflakes crafted by people from across the globe.
All these efforts toward the same goal to give a warm "welcome and a sense of peace for the New Year," Susan Cheshire said.