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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.

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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