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Ways to Help the Families of the Sandy Hook Shooting Victims

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I keep thinking about posting today and then I’m again overcome with grief over the mass murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School that occurred on Friday. I almost lose it every time I think about those young lives lost, those brave teachers who sacrificed themselves to protect their students, and the madness that threatens our world. Sometimes it’s easy to separate oneself from tragedy by thinking things like, “That would never happen here,” but in this case Newtown could have been absolutely anywhere. I don’t pretend to know the right way to address these mass shootings that seem to be happening with frightening regularity, but I do know that something has to change, and soon.

In lieu of writing about how today is the last day to receive free shipping on orders in time for Christmas from most retailers, here is a list of organizations I’ve found online that are accepting monetary donations to help the families of the  Sandy Hook shooting victims and the entire Newtown Community.

Make a tax-deductible donation to the United Way of Western Connecticut. I’ve seen them pop up a few places and it appears they’re giving money to various organizations/charities in Sandy Hook.

The Sandy Hook School Support Fund was set up by United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank. Donations will be used to help with the immediate needs and funeral expenses for families of the victims.

The band OneRepublic started the Connecticut School Shooting Victim Fund to raise money to help victims of the shooting. The band donated $20,000 themselves to the fund. They reached their $50,000 goal in 24 hours, but obviously no amount is too much.

Donations made to the Newtown Memorial Fund will be used in three ways: 1. To provide financial relief for for funeral expenses 2. To design a memorial for those who were lost 3. To create college scholarships for Newtown Public School students.

A Crowdtilt campaign, Sandy Hook Elementary School Fund, aims to raise $50,000 to go toward a memorial fund and also to help cover funeral costs.

A former Sandy Hook Elementary student has started a CrowdRise campain, Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund. All funds raised will be donated to the Sandy Hook PTSA.

The My Sandy Hook Family Fund was started by parents in Sandy Hook, Ct. The fund aims to raise $20,000,000 to send immediate and continued support to the families of the victims.

 

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