CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS, Mass. - As Newtown, Conn. reels from an unimaginable tragedy, both local and national organizations have established means of donating support to individuals and families affected by the shootings last week that took 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The Sandy Hook School Support Fund, created by the United Way of Western Connecticut, will provide support services to affected families as well as the community at large. Donations will go directly to those affected by the shootings. “Newtown is home," the United Way of Western Connecticut said on its website. "We will stand with the community and everyone affected directly and indirectly by this tragic event as we face the days and weeks ahead."
The United Way of Western Connecticut is also accepting donations in a partnership with Newtown Savings Bank. Check donations can be mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown CT 06470. You can donate by credit card here.
Newtown Youth and Family Services, a nonprofit mental health clinic, is accepting donations, all of which will benefit those affected. Call 203-426-8103 for more information.
The Newtown Parent Connection is accepting donations on its website. Payments can be made via Paypal or with any major credit card. The organization says “all donations will be donated directly to those affected by the shooting.” Call 203-270-1600 for more details.
Facebook group R.I.P. Sandy Hook Elementary School Children, is encouraging people to wear blue and yellow - the school's colors - on Monday in honor of the victims.
The American Red Cross of Connecticut has set up a family reception center that will provide grief counseling.
My Sandy Hook Family Fund was created by classmates, friends, coaches and neighbors of the victims of the shooting. The goal of this fund is to provide immediate and continuing support to families who lost children and family members in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
In an email, a spokesperson for Hugs for Sandy Hook states that due to the generosity of contributors, the organization is no longer in need of Teddy Bears. Instead, they ask donors to send home made paper snowflakes as part of "Snowflakes for Sandy Hook," a project of the Sandy Hook Elementary Parent-Teacher Association and the Connecticut Parent-Teacher-Student Association. Make and send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.
The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection says anyone wishing to volunteer may call 800-203-1234.
If you just want to express your condolences, add your name to the hundreds of thousands who have already done so via an online sympathy card.