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Firefighter Mike Russell says his team designed and shipped out 100 "hope" T-shirts to the parents of the victims, and they should be receiving the shirts Thursday. (Photo: United Buckeye Firefighter Charities Local 4311)

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- The Buckeye Fire Department is doing what it can to let the families of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. know that people in Arizona are thinking of them.

Firefighter Mike Russell said his team designed and shipped out 100 "hope" T-shirts to the parents of the victims, and they should be receiving the shirts Thursday. The yellow T-shirts have an angel on the front with the Dec. 14 date and a phrase on the back that said "love them all."

Russell is a father and said he can't begin to understand what the community of Sandy Hook is going through. His own hope is that the shirts will bring some comfort to those who lost loved ones.

"If the family and those guys wear them on Friday, I think people are going to really want the shirt to show their support," Russell said in an interview Wednesday.

Friday marks exactly one week since authorities said Adam Lanza, 20, opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary and killed 20 children and six teachers.

For those who would like to purchase a T-shirt they're on sale for $20 at the Buckeye Fire Department Station 703 Headquarters at 2582 North Verrado Way, Buckeye, AZ 85396 Verrado.

The station is just off the I-10 and Verrado Way, about a mile north of I-10 on the west side of the street.

All of the funds collected by Buckeye Firefighter Charities will be distributed to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. For more information call Buckeye administration at (602) 292-4311.

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