Cash Collections Sprout Up In Newtown

Volunteers hope to collect $10,000 by the end of the day Sunday. All donations will be distributed to the victims of Friday's shooting.


A group of volunteers calling themselves "Santas for Sandy Hook" have been out on Newtown's streets this weekend, raising money to support the victims of Friday's shooting.

What started as a small group setting up tables quickly grew to about 25 volunteers, said Zoe Walter, who was with Kay Donohuy and Kristen Brassard at a table in front of Starbucks on Church Hill Road. Walter said the group hopes to raise $10,000 for the victims by the end of the weekend.

"Anything we can do to help," said Donohuy, who grew up in Newtown. 

Volunteers said people have been anxious to help, one table received $1,000 in donations in four hours.

"Some guy gave me $100 and said 'I wish I could do more'," said Walter. Another man poured out the contents of his wallet, giving everything he had.

Walter said collecting the donations has helped with the healing process, which is sure to be difficult for everyone moving forward.

"We are broken, we are going to be in shambles for a very long time," she said. 

The donations will be given to the Newtown Savings Bank later this week, Walter said. The bank will be working with the United Way to distribute the money to the victims.

Barbara Quester December 17, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I want to help
Nettie Owens December 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Is it possible to collect donations online? I would like make a donation and post here in Maryland.
Paul Michael December 17, 2012 at 03:27 PM
The talks shouldn't be about guns. We need to talk about how all these shooters were on prescription meds and what the connection is with them. (See: youtu.be/UhO0Pul_FcE)
Joanne Gormley December 17, 2012 at 04:22 PM
I am shocked that this town has permitted "tables" to be set up to collect money! Where is this money going? I hope to some sort of children's benefit group. Surly not to these families. That would be the most insulting thing that could happen. There is no amount of money that would do them any good.....they have suffered the most horrible loss on the face of the earth. Please do not hurt them any further by offering them money!! What they need is prayers.
Beth December 17, 2012 at 04:54 PM
While I understand that no amount of money could ease the suffering of these families, I don't understand how it can be construed as an insult. I'm sure the parents will need time to grieve. During this time they are going to need time away from work so these funds will be help provide for the families while they are going through the grieving process. I agree that prayers are most important but monitory donations will be helpful as well.
David Harvey December 17, 2012 at 05:19 PM
The Santa's for Sandy Hook group is currently setting up a way for people outside of our area to make donations. We will reply to this thread once that has been set up by the end of the day. Again thank you all for your love and support during this time while our community struggles.
David Harvey December 17, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Thank you Beth, you took the words right out of my mouth. The Santa's for Sandy organization is also very therapeutic for the volunteers as we are all from either Sandy Hook, Newtown, Danbury, Brookfield, Bethel & other surrounding towns. Our Friends, Families & Neighbors have been hurt by this horrible event. Although prayers are helpful, Action is as well. All money just like Beth said will go to help the families out financially for funerals, time off work, and anything else they need.
David Harvey December 17, 2012 at 05:33 PM
http://www.facebook.com/events/391774507573674/ Follow Santa's for Sandy Hook on Facebook!
Jan Yoder December 17, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Some of these families my need financial help for the services and funerals. It would be nice if they don't have that worry hanging over their heads.
Sue December 17, 2012 at 05:38 PM
These poor families have enough to worry about without having to come up out of pocket for unexpected funeral expenses for the children. Money will certainly not compensate them but it may help alleviate any financial hardship. Prayers will also help wonderfully as well.......
Stormy PreciousDarling Tanner December 17, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Nettie, I found this last night. https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/.
Stormy PreciousDarling Tanner December 17, 2012 at 05:47 PM
The article said the money is going to the United Way, to assist with the victims. The United Way won't just randomly send the money to the victims. Those in need will need to apply for it.
Stormy PreciousDarling Tanner December 17, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Here's how to donate directly to the United Way, who will use it for the victims of the shooting. https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/
sarah December 17, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Joanne, I believe each of these families could use assistance with the funeral costs. I have four grandchildren and I am certain setting money aside for the funerals is the farthest thing from my son and daughter's minds.
KC December 18, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Will there be anything going on Christmas Day for the families that will require volunteers? My husband and I would like to volunteer in any way possible. Thank you, KC
KC December 18, 2012 at 12:35 AM
HI Dave: Will there be anything going on Christmas Day for the families that will require volunteers? My husband and I would like to volunteer in any way possible. Thank you, KC


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