How to Help the Families and Friends of the Sandy Hook Victims
Compiled by Hannah Stacy
Please note that as a result of an outpouring of support, the Town of Newtown has requested that the public suspend the donation of toys and supplies indefinitely. Your support is very much appreciated!
As we grieve for the loss of 27 victims of the Sandy Hook Massacre, many may be wondering how to help the families and friends who have lost children, sons, daughters, and teachers. Here’s how you can get involved.
Healing Hearts was formed to help take back the Holidays for the children in the grief-stricken Newtown community. Volunteers will collect toys, tokens of love and support, and other gifts to be delivered on Christmas Eve.
Goodwin College is one of the drop-off sites for donations. If you are interested, drop off a new, unwrapped gift here any time before Saturday. Other drop off locations include Templo Fe, 1019 Broad St., Hartford, and Audio Media Solutions, c/o Healing Hearts, 87 Church St., East Hartford.
United Way, a global nonprofit organization that works to improve education, income stability, and health, has set up the Sandy Hook School Support Fund through its Western Connecticut chapter. The fund will provide support services to the families that have been affected by the mass shooting. “We will stand with the community and everyone affected directly and indirectly by this tragic event as we face the days and weeks ahead.”
Donations can be mailed to:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470
Donations can also be submitted online here: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/
Danbury Hospital has partnered with other local counseling and mental health agencies within the community and is providing crisis intervention services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “At Western Connecticut Health Network our hearts are heavy with loss.”
Find out how you can contribute here: https://1460.thankyou4caring.org/page.aspx?pid=298
Six-year-old Noah Pozner, the youngest of the 20 children killed during the shooting on Friday leaves behind four siblings, including his twin sister, Arielle. Supporters have set up the Noah’s Ark of Hope Fund to provide Noah’s siblings with counseling services, education, and basic needs.
Donations can be mailed to:
Congregation Adath Israel,
P.O. Box 623, Newtown, CT 06470
(Please print “For the Family of Noah Pozner” in the memo line)
Donations can be submitted online as well: http://noahsarkofhopefund.eventbrite.com/\
Lauren Rousseau – Pi Beta Phi Scholarship
Lauren Rousseau was working as a permanent substitute teacher at the elementary school at the time of the shooting. Lauren attended the University of Connecticut where she was initiated into Pi Beta Phi in 2002. She later received her master’s degree in education at the University of Bridgeport. To honor Lauren, a scholarship has been established at Pi Beta Phi Foundation in her name. All memorial gifts received in Lauren’s name will be used to support the scholarship.
A memorial gift can be made online at: https://www.pibetaphifoundation.org/donate/donate-now
Or by calling the Foundation’s office: (636) 256–1357.
Learn more about Lauren’s story: https://www.pibetaphi.org/pibetaphi/SFcontent.aspx?id=2623
Six-year-old Olivia Engel was killed during the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. To help the Olivia’s family supporters have set up the Friends of the Engel Family Fund.
Visit the Friends of the Engel Family Fund’s Facebook page to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfTheEngelFamilyFund
Donate to the Friends of the Engel Family Fund here:
Ryan Kraft, a former Sandy Hook student who babysat for Adam Lanza, the shooter who carried out the massacre on Friday, was inspired to set up the Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund. Money raised will be used to help victims, families, and others affected by the tragedy. Donations will be directed to the Sandy Hook Elementary School PTSA, according to the fundraising site.
Find out how you can get involved here: http://www.crowdrise.com/SHSRelief
The Newtown Memorial Fund aims to help victims’ families pay for funeral costs, set up a community-wide memorial, and a college scholarship fund for the students of the Newtown Public Schools. Find out how you can get involved here: http://newtownmemorialfund.org/
Six-year-old, Emilie Parker, was one of 26 victims killed on Friday in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Emilie Parker Memorial Fund has been set up to support Emilie’s parents in paying for medical expenses, arranging for a funeral in Utah, and taking off from work to spend time with family and friends.
Checks can be mailed to:
Emilie Parker Memorial
PO Box 12751
Ogden, UT 84412-2751.
To donate via PayPal, use the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A group of Newtown parents have created My Sandy Hook Family Fund to tend to the immediate needs of the victims’ families. Organizers are working to provide anything from airline tickets and hotel accommodations for out-of-town family members to attend funerals to delivering warm meals for grieving parents. “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.”
Find out how you can donate here: https://www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/10076
Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc., a nonprofit mental health clinic, remained open for emergency counseling over the weekend for families, community members or staff involved in the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy and is accepting donations. They say no appointments are needed and those needing help may walk in.
Find out how you can help: http://www.newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org/donate.php
The Newtown Parent Connection, a nonprofit that addresses issues of substance abuse, also offers bereavement group counseling on the first Wednesday of every month. They hope to bring in additional counselors to accommodate the needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook shooting. “We desperately need your help. We have the passion, energy, and educational resources to provide the kind of quality parent and student education programs that are needed: we simply need the resources.”
Contribute here: http://www.newtownparentconnection.org/money.html
Project Linus, a nonprofit organization that brings comfort to children in crisis, has arranged to send hundreds of warm, handmade blankets to children affected by this tragedy.
Find more information here: http://www.projectlinus.org/
The American Red Cross of Connecticut provided more than 50 units of blood platelets and plasma to the Danbury Hospital, where some of the victims were transported. The aid organization has also distributed food and water to first responders and is setting up a family reception center that will provide initial grief counseling. More than 100 Red Cross workers, including mental health professionals, are on the ground in Newtown helping to support the community. The Red Cross is not seeking blood donations at this time. The organization has what it needs to support efforts in Newtown, and is asking that those wishing to donate to families and the community, direct their contributions to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
Lutheran Church Charities
The organization ‘Lutheran Church Charities’ has sent a team of ‘comfort dogs’ to the community. Chewie, Barnabas, Hannah and others will be visiting schoolchildren, attending funerals and memorial services.
Click here to donate and help support the dogs’ visit to Newtown: http://lutheranchurchcharities.org/
Save the Children
Save the Children has opened a “child-friendly space” in Newtown to give kids a place to play and express themselves while parents seek support or counseling. The space is located in Newtown’s Reed Intermediate School, where students of Sandy Hook elementary go after graduating. They have also released 10 tips for parents wondering how to help their children cope.
26 Acts of Kindness
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Ann Curry of NBS News sent out a tweet stating: “Imagine if all of us committed to 20 mitvahs/acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown. I’m in. If you are RT #20Acts.” Since then, tens of thousands of people seized the idea and increased it to 26 acts of kindness to represent and include every life that was lost. Any act of kindness, big or small, will make a difference and bring happiness.
Send a Letter
The US Postal Service has added a P.O. Box for those who wish to send letters of condolence to the residents of Newtown.
Please address mail to:
Message of Condolence,
PO Box 3700, Newtown, CT 06470.
* The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection says anyone wishing to volunteer should call 211 or (800) 203-1234.