On Valentine\u2019s Day, at least three buses \u2014 with room for more than 50 people each \u2014 will depart Wilton for the March for Change, which is expected to draw thousands to the state Capitol in a rally for stricter gun control legislation. The event is spearheaded by Connecticut Against Gun Violence. A Wilton contingent of the organization, led by Lucy Davies and Harrison DeStefano, have been planning for the event for several weeks. A core group met for an organizational meeting on Jan. 22, and several members ran a bake sale at the Village Market on Jan. 26. \u201cWe had an incredible response from that,\u201d Ms. Davies said. \u201cIt was so shockingly successful. We raised $1,500 in four hours.\u201d \u201cIt was so cold\u201d that day, she recalled. \u201cPeople stood outside, others baked like you wouldn\u2019t believe. The response from the community was exactly the same. There were $50 bills in there and groupings of 20s. People were just making donations. The main idea was \u2018yes, I want to contribute and be a part of this.\u2019 \u201cIt was a very positive community experience.\u201d The group will use the money for things like postcards, signs and a banner. The group will also sponsor people who cannot afford the $26 bus ride to the march. Any money that isn\u2019t used for the march will be donated to Connecticut Against Gun Violence, Ms. Davies said. The March for Change movement was initiated by two Fairfield parents in response to the killings of 26 first-grade students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, Dec. 14. Organizers said they formed a bipartisan grass-roots coalition to urge state legislators to pass stricter \u201ccommon sense\u201d gun laws. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to address the crowd at 11 a.m. Feb. 14. He will be joined by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Attorney General George Jepsen. \u201cWe became activists because we had to,\u201d said Nancy Lefkowitz, co-founder, with Meg Staunton, of March for Change. \u201cAll eyes are looking to Connecticut. There\u2019s a fervor to get something done and we need to seize the opportunity.\u201d In addition to Wilton, buses will be leaving from about 17 other towns throughout the state including Fairfield, Monroe, Easton, Trumbull, Darien\/Rowayton, Greenwich, Stamford, Westport, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Redding, Danbury, Ridgefield, Madison, Litchfield, Warren and Kent. March for Change\u2019s organizers assert their support for the Second Amendment. But they said \u201cassault weapons\u201d should not be permitted. \u201cNewtown has been a tipping point for many,\u201d Ms. Staunton said. \u201cWe\u2019ve been pleasantly surprised to have the support of people who are gun owners and who may not have supported stricter gun legislation in the past.\u201d However, in order for change to happen, a \u201ccritical mass\u201d needs to show up in Hartford Feb. 14, they said. \u201cWe also need people to write to their legislators and we need them to be ready to make a sustained commitment to this cause,\u201d Ms. Lefkowitz said. \u201cWe know that 1,000 turned out for a recent pro-NRA rally, so we have to at least double that. If the NRA is coming out loud, we have to be louder.\u201d That said, they\u2019re also pleased by the show of support the cause has inspired so far. \u201cWe\u2019ve been in awe of the all of these incredibly passionate supporters that have turned up,\u201d Ms. Staunton said. \u201cThere\u2019s a fervor to get something done and we feel like we have to seize this opportunity.\u201d March for Change was born in Ms. Lefkowitz\u2019s kitchen the evening of Friday, Dec. 14. Like many people, the two Fairfield moms grappled with the tragic deaths caused by gunfire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Feeling that they had \u201cto do something,\u201d they invited Ron Pinciaro, president of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, to chat the next morning. Out of that conversation, they decided to host a public meeting two days later. Mr. Pinciaro also spoke in Wilton, at the invitation of the Domestic Violence Task Force. Ms. Staunton said they hope Connecticut will become \u201ca template\u201d for the rest of the states to follow. The date, Feb. 14, was chosen because it\u2019s the two-month anniversary of the Newtown tragedy. \u201cIt\u2019s also Valentine\u2019s Day and our hearts are broken,\u201d Ms. Lefkowitz said. \u201cWe also wanted it to be during the week when the legislators are in session.\u201d Information on the Feb. 14 rally is available at marchforchange.org. Seats on buses to Hartford may be reserved at ctmomsonline.com. Connecticut Against Gun Violence posts information on legislation is at cagv.org.