Some have contacted us asking how they can help the families of the victims of the Connecticut shooting.
NOTE: These are verified charities/sources that you can send donations to and help:
The United Way of Western Connecticut is accepting donations in a partnership with Newtown Savings Bank. Check donations may be mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown CT 06470, or you can drop off a donation at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location. You can also donate by credit card here: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org.
"To several staff, volunteers and contributors, Newtown is home," the United Way of Western Connecticut says 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."
From the Newtown Bee Newspaper: A group of Newtown parents has formed the My Sandy Hook Family Fund (www.MySandyHookFamilyFund.com). This group is made up of the parents of the children who survived. They are the classmates, friends, coaches and neighbors of the victims of Friday’s massacre. The goal of the Family Fund is to provide immediate and continuing support to the 26 families who lost children and family members in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. All net proceeds donated will go to support the families of the victims. CLICK HERE for more information on donating to this fund...
Listeners have asked where they can send non-cash donations as well, suchs as teddy bears and other toys/stuffed animals. An employee of the Newtown Bee Newspaper tells us that they have received many such donations and gifts from around the country and globe, and will distribute them to the community and impacted families. Here is the mailing address for the Newtown Bee:
PO Box 5503
Newtown, CT 06470
Note: It is suggested that gifts not be wrapped.
Also, gifts should not be sent to the address of the Sandy Hook school. The school is still a crime scene, and officials say it could be closed for some time to come.