"I'm a mother, and I think being a mom, your worst fear would be to lose a child. Even to have them in a situation like that that they have to live through, and I just kept thinking of the parents and even the siblings," Read said.
To remember each person killed at the school, Read sent 24 Christmas trees, along with a donation of two others, to serve as a memorial in front of the Sandy Hook Fire House.
"I got involved because I wanted the families to know there that there is goodness in this world and through this tragedy I wanted them to feel love from all over," Read said. "It's the least that we can do as a country, to just wrap our arms around that community."
The trees were set up outside the fire department Monday and decorated with handmade ornaments to help honor the young lives lost.
Read is even hoping other people will feel compelled to donate more ornaments to adorn these trees.
"I hope they'll be filled. I hope they'll be messages for the families, and I hope that the families can take those messages and ornaments and in the years to come maybe look at them and find comfort in knowing that there were so many more people outside of their community, there for them," Read said.
Anyone who would like to help decorate the trees can send ornaments to:
Bee Publishing Company
5 Church Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470