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How to Help Families Affected by Newtown School Shooting

People all over the world want to know how to help Sandy Hook residents following Friday's horrifying mass shooting. Post "I want to help" in this comment thread to get updates on what you can do.

In the wake of the unimaginable 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 e-mail 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.

Helpful links

  • United Way's Sandy Hook Support Fund Announcement

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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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Principal December 15, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I want to help.
Andres Gutierrez December 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Lets creat a massive vigil...one night, everyone... I want to help
Cookie December 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Great idea, I want to help
Cookie December 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
i was a first grade teacher for 37 years, Boston teachers are deeply affected too, as I am. Perhaps Boston parents can do something to acknowledge them, a personal note is especially treasured, since we as teachers really do love our "kids." Just a thought, in addition to helping the Newtown community.
M. Gonzalez December 16, 2012 at 02:58 PM
We need to get behind the movement for more gun controls. To do that, we need to take risks and engage people on the other side respectfully but forcefully. Instead of not bringing up the subject of gun control with strangers or acquaintances because it's "controversial", we need to rebut their concerns with logical, common sense arguments. I rebutted my dental higenist who said, "but my dad loves his guns" with 'does he have assault rifles". Oh no, she said. I left it at that. I responded to a woman at the Y who said, "but crazy people will always find a way to kill" with "so let's make it harder for them to impact so many people with a gun". Each time I ended with "as Americans we need to have a conversation about this problem" with a kind smile and no judgement. My model for this is the gay marriage rights movements. If we have made incredible inroads in this area, which it's still an "unmentionable" in many circles, then we can do it with gun control. Peace. M. Gonzalez
Lynn December 16, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I want to help
Michelle Nettles December 16, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I want to help.
Pat Larkin December 17, 2012 at 07:06 AM
Yesterday I placed a comment on this page in support of the Sandy Hook Community. The comment was: "Prayer changes things" in hopes that many would pray for that community. The JP Patch deleted that comment, so I am trying again to ask readers to pray for that community which has lost so many and grieves so deeply. Thank you.
Cristin St Gelais December 17, 2012 at 02:43 PM
i want to help
Michelle Monti December 17, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I want to help.

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