MANASQUAN - Dozens gathered today at the beach in Manasquan to honor the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting.

Rita Berlin, who helped organize the event, says she wanted to teach the true meaning of Christmas.

“[To] show our children that Christmas is about love, it's not just about getting presents it's not, it's about giving," said Berlin.

Those who attended the event were handed out a list of 26 acts of kindness, some who attended are already working on completing the acts of kindness.