How to Help Families in Newtown After the Shooting

After the tragic mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., there are ways you can help.


The horrific school shooting Friday at Sandy Hook School that left 27 dead, including 20 young children, has left people from around the country with a strong desire to help. 

The Newtown Patch reported that people from Connecticut, California, Canada and even Australia and India have sent an outpouring of support.  

People who want to donate to help the families affected by the tragedy can donate in one of these ways, according to Internet sources and a list compiled by Pam Wegner Pavlik, an employee of Grayslake School District 46:

Donate online to the My Sandy Hook Family Fund

The “My Sandy Hook Family Fund" was set up by the families of the victims of the shooting. The website says:

"We ask the world to join us not only in our grief but also in our burning need take some of the burdens off these families in their time of incredible pain. To bear their cross in some small way. We intend to use donations to pay for immediate needs, including funeral services, as well as ongoing living expenses such as food, mortgages payments, daycare, insurances and fuel until they are back on solid ground. Please help us help our own neighbors beyond sharing their tears. All net funds received will go directly to the families who lost children and immediate family members."

As of mid-afternoon on Dec. 17 (one day after launching), $43,808 had been raised. 

Donate money to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund by mailing a check to:
Newtown Savings Bank
Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown savings Bank
39 Main Street
Newtown, Connecticut 06470

Donate by credit card to:
United Way of Western Connecticut

Send donations of toys, sympathy cards, etc. to:
Newtown Police Dept.
3 Main St
Newtown, CT 06470 
(203) 270-4255


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