Sunday, December 16, 2012

How to help Newtown, Connecticut - December 16, 2012

I live 20 minutes from Newtown. Some of the teachers who teach in our schools live there. I have no words to express the profound horror and shock that I am feeling. My heart breaks for those who lost a loved one and my thoughts are with everyone in Newtown.

I've tired to collect here a few ways to help the folks in Newtown if you are so inclined.

Letters of Condolence - USPS

If you'd like to send condolence letters to the residents of Newtown the US Postal Service has set up a PO Box.  Mail should be sent to:
Message of Condolence
PO Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470

United Way of Western Connecticut - Sandy Hook School Support Fund
United Way extends our most sincere condolences and prayers to all those families affected by the devastating events in Newtown/Sandy Hook, Connecticut. While the eyes of the world may be on Newtown/Sandy Hook, to our staff, volunteers and contributors, Newtown is home. We will stand with the community and everyone affected directly and indirectly by this tragic event as we face the days and weeks ahead.

United Way of Western Connecticut is committed to providing support and resources where and when they become identified and needed.  As people from our area and beyond respond to this heartbreaking tragedy, they are turning to United Way looking for ways to help.  In response, United Way of Western Connecticut in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank has created the  'Sandy Hook School Support fund" that will be able to provide support services to the families and community that has been affected.

Check donations may be mailed to:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT  06470

Or may be dropped off at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location
For questions please call 800-461-0672
To donate by credit card please follow this link to the United Way of Western Connecticut announcement.

Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund

This fund has been set up by a former Sandy Hook Elementary student, Ryan Kraft. Money will go the Sandy Hook PTSA.

This is a fund started by a former Sandy Hook Elementary student to gather support for the victims, families, and all others affected locally by the tragic shooting on Dec 14th, 2012. The funds are directed to the school's PTSA organization. Please help in any way you can.
Please post your ideas for how to use the money!
Here are some ideas that have come in:
1) Counseling for the survivors (children and families)
2) Funeral expenses for affected families
3) Scholarship fund supporting students at Sandy Hook Elementary
To donate please follow this link.

My Sandy Hook Family Fund
The “My Sandy Hook Family Fund" has been established by local Sandy Hook, CT parents and friends dedicated to providing immediate and continuing support for the 26 families of those who lost children and loved ones in the Sandy Hook School tragedy. 
This fund was established on December 16, 2012. You may donate here.

Newtown Memorial Fund
The Newtown Memorial Fund mission is three-fold:
  1. Short term: To provide financial relief for funeral expenses of those who perished in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre of December 14, 2012.
  2. Mid term: To assist the town with the design, placement and funding to donate a suitable lasting memorial for our Community for those we lost.
  3. Ongoing: To provide an annual scholarship fund to students of the Newtown Public Schools who will be going on to college. A full criteria will be developed and voted on by the board. Administration of this task will be the ongoing legacy of the memorial fund, hopefully for generations to come.
You may donate here.  You may also find the Newtown Memorial Fund on Facebook.

The Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Connecticut

The Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Connecticut will help support the college costs for any siblings of those killed in the assault, the dependents of adults who also lost their lives, as well as students currently enrolled at the elementary school, who are accepted to attend the University.
Donations will be collected through the University of Connecticut Foundation to establish a fund in anticipation of supporting the siblings and dependents of those who died, and Sandy Hook Elementary School students in the K-4 grades today who will be of college age beginning in approximately 2021. Available funds that have been collected by that time will be awarded to eligible recipients on the basis of financial need. If any funds remain once the needs of the groups above have been met, they will be used to benefit future students from Newtown who attend UConn.
You may donate here.

Connecticut School Shooting Victims Fund Started by OneRepublic - Ended - RAISED $89,165
Help Us Raise Funds For The Victims of the Connecticut School Shooting

We are horrified and saddened at the senseless tragedy that has struck the Sandy Hook Elementary School and the community of Newtown Connecticut on December 14th. Within minutes, 26 people were killed including 20 young children. This is the second deadliest school shooting in U.S history and whilst nothing can ever replace the loss of family members and friends, we can help show them our support.

What We Are Doing:

We are looking to raise funds to benefit the families of the victims of these shootings. No amount is too small, please give what you can.

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can't make a contribution, you can still help. Please help spread the word and share this campaign with friends and family.

Wishing you and your families a happy and peaceful holiday season.
Please go to Indiegogo here to help.

If you know of any other ways to help Newtown, CT please leave the information in the comments. Thank you.


  1. I spent Friday afternoon in tears! My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.

  2. Hy wish all the people the very best for the future,my heart is
    with you,and hy pray for you all,hy ame so sorry for the pain your
    in Newtown,please forgive me,that hy can rigt so god.
    the very best wish to you all and Gud may bless Newtown Connecticut.