Rebekah Harriman-Stites, Rob & Debora Accomando
Age: 36, 48 & 42
Hometown: Sandy Hook
Cause: Support for victims
Within days of the December 2012 killing of 26 adults and children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, these locals vowed to raise money for grieving families; bills had to be paid, says Rob, but “you couldn’t go back to work after this.” They recruited about 30 neighbors to coordinate aid and scores more to do chores. The fund has turned over $1.8 million to the victims’ families.
Most wouldn’t accept help from strangers, but when moms come from the community, it means a lot. It was love, pure love, given by a neighbor.”