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How to Help Families Affected by Newtown, CT School Shooting

People all over the world want to know how to help Sandy Hook residents following Friday's horrifying mass shooting.

In the wake of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook School Friday people from all over the world—in Connecticut, California, Canada and much farther away in Australia and India—sent an outpouring of support and want to know how they can help.

If you want to be notified via email of ways to provide comfort and support during this difficult time, please post in the comments section: "I want to help."

Patch will continue to update this article with ways to help—posting updates to the story as well as in the comments thread, triggering an email notification to commenters—and if you know of an organization or fundraiser providing assistance, let us know in the comments section, too.

Already the United Way of Western Connecticut, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank, created the Sandy Hook School Support Fund to help provide support services to the families and community that are affected.

Check donations may be mailed to: 

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

If you have questions on the fund, you may call 800-461-0672.

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A former Sandy Hook Elementary School student named Ryan Kraft, also a longtime neighbor of the Lanza family, posted a Local Voices blog on Newtown Patch saying he set up a fund to help heal his community.

The link to the fund site is here—crowdrise.com/SHSRelief—and according to Kraft, all monies are directed toward the school's PTSA organization.

The funds are directed to the school's PTSA organization. Please help in any way you can.

Here is the link to the fund site: 

crowdrise.com/SHSRelief

The funds are directed to the school's PTSA organization. Please help in any way you can.

Helpful Links

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More links to Newtown Patch’s coverage here:

  • Reaction: Sandy Hook School Shooting
  • Police Raid Sandy Hook Home Hours After Shooting
  • [PHOTOS] Newtown School Shooting

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Shannon December 18, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I want to help - Please let me know if there are any gifts or ways to provide consolation to the families of Newtowne around the holidays. I know they've been bringing in therapy dogs to help the grieving families, would purchasing a puppy/dog for a family with grieving siblings be an option? Please let me know any way in which I can help. Thank you so much - Shannon Wylie (shannonw84@gmail.com)
Molly Noble December 18, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I want to help! I also have other's in my area who would like to help as well. Please contact me when possible. Thank you.
Alicia Walker December 18, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Our elementary school wants to help. Please l.et us know how we can support these families. Please contact us at walkera@okee.k12.fl.us
Suzanne La Rochelle December 18, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I want to help. I thought about coming to a memorial service, however, I do not want to be in the way. Does the community prefer that unrelated people from out of town not add to the crowd? I will make a financial donation. Thank you, Suzanne La Rochelle at smlarochelle@comcast.net
Molly Noble December 18, 2012 at 04:26 PM
noble.molly@gmail.com
mary mccormick December 18, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Having family in the area, there is an intensive media effort in the town right now, and in the interest of the children and not wanting to be intrusive, I wanted to suggest pulling an effort together to create 'art bags' for the children through donations from craft/art suppliers and individual donations. Perhaps this would give the children of this school a creative outlet. I will be in the area end of week. Any ideas welcome on this. mmccormick2@cox.net
Jaclyn V December 18, 2012 at 06:33 PM
We want to help! We would love to give our support to the grieving families and community by bringing our ministry to the people of Newton, CT. We are Live To Forgive Ministries, in Washington state. Our passion is to set people free from the burden of unforgiveness by telling them of Christ's love and forgiveness. Our ministry is based off of our director, Dean Smith's, testimony of forgiving the man that murdered his mother when he was just 12 years old. We would love to offer our support in the healing process of the community and victims families. We can be contacted at info@livetoforgive.com - - God Bless

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