How You Can Help: Memorial Donations For Sandy Hook Victims

A list of the charities chosen by the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown.


Newtown began saying goodbye Monday to the victims of the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a long and sad process of obituaries, wakes and funerals expected to last throughout the week.

As we read these final farewells, we are moved to help in some way. Below is a list of the charitable contributions identified by some of the victims' families.

Charlotte Bacon: Christ the King Lutheran Church, 85 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Newtown, CT 06470. 

Daniel Barden: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Daniel's name to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470, or checks may be dropped off at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location. To donate online, go to https://newtown.uwwesternct.org

Josephine Gay: In celebration of her joyful and giving spirit, a charitable fund is being created in her honor. Information about this fund and her life will be released to the media shortly.

Dylan Hockley: Memorial contributions may be made to the Dylan Hockley Memorial Fund, 34 Charter Ridge Road, Sandy Hook, CT, 06482

Catherine Hubbard: In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Newtown Animal Center, PO Box 475, Newtown, CT 06470

Chase Kowalski: In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Chase Kowalksi Scholarship Fund, c/o Peoples Bank, 470 Monroe Tpke., Monroe, CT 06468

Jesse Lewis: In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Voice for Joanie Inc., 5 Glenwood Rd, New Milford, CT 06776 voiceforjoanie.org

James Mattioli: In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in James' memory to the James R. Mattioli Memorial Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470.

Anne Marie Murphy: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd., 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540, www.autismspeaks.org

Noah Pozner: Memorial contributions may be directed to the planting of trees in Israel.

Caroline Previdi: Contributions in Caroline's memory may be made to "The Toy Chest", St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470.

Jessica Rekos: Memorial contributions may be made to the Newtown Rotary Sandy Hook School Fund, PO Box 263, Newtown, CT 06482.

Victoria Soto: The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Victoria L. Soto Memorial Fund for Education, through the Funeral Home. For more information or to make an online condolence please visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com.

Benjamin Wheeler: It is suggested that contributions in Benjamin's memory be made to the Benjamin Wheeler Fund. The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home of Wallingford has been entrusted with the arrangements.

wendy lee hewitt December 18, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Teresa ~ What a generous thing you are trying to do! ~ I would be willing to assist you in that endeavor, if you wish. I sell fairly valuable items weekly through EBay and have a very good reputation, (which is intrinsic when selling successfully on EBay. I have a vast background in antiquities and vintage items. I attended Sandy Hook Elementary School from K - 6. I grew up in Newtown and have excellent references. I have recent Security Clearances from the FBI and my local law enforcement. If you have already found someone to assist you, please be sure to double-check their credentials. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I'd be honored to help you in any capacity. Wendy Lee Hewitt NHS Class of 1974 wendyleehewitt@hotmail.com
Amy December 18, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I live in NJ and I have a certified therapy dog. Children love her. She's a sweet English Bulldog that was rescued from a horrible life. Sometimes just sitting and hugging a dog can help ease such terrible pain. I'd be happy to bring her for private visits with any children and families that would like it. No photos or media, please. I can be reached at 732-794-9484. God bless.
Sheri December 18, 2012 at 03:32 AM
All of you are amazing! If there is anything else that is needed other than monetary donations please let us know! We have a lot of local businesses here in NJ that would do anything to help (I own 2 of them). So if there is anything else. God bless you all in this time of sorrow and pain.
Ranjini December 18, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Tonight (Monday Dec 17) Anderson Cooper from CNN reported on a group of therapy dogs that came to Newtown from the midwest. Children gathered in a community center to pet the dogs. I'm sure the community would welcome your dog with open arms.
Lori December 18, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I have an idea to set up a Restaurant Fund. This fund can be used to purchase meals for the families so they do not have the burden of cooking while they are grieving. Would someone in Newtown or another neighboring town like to help me get this underway? I am in a neighboring town and not sure how to set this up. Lori
Johnny Martinez December 18, 2012 at 06:15 AM
turn the school into a memorial/burial its sacred ground now.
Dawn DeLuca December 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Publisher, Relax Intuit ™LLC would like to donate a case of gift copies of our award-winning stress-relief CD, "Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace," to share with families, faculty, and 1st responders in Newtown. (This guided imagery meditation CD is used in The Mayo Clinic, Sloan Kettering, and by military families, for PTSD , hospice, and bereavement as well as on psychiatric units.) Please contact us if you'd like us to send these right out to you for use in Newtown, or if you have any questions at all. Our hearts are with you, as you comfort, cope, and heal. Kindest regards, Dawn DeLuca http://www.relaxintuit.com
Jana Schultz December 18, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I am an author of a children's book. I would like to send a copy to each family in honor of their child and in honor of the teachers. How do I do this? Email jana-60@Hotmail.com
T December 18, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Is there a way to give money to the community (to be distributed as needed)? Is there a fund setup to turn the school into whatever the community wants: a memorial, a new state of the art, safer, wonderful school...again, whatever the community wants. tchaunce@hotmail.com
Katherine Anne Fair December 19, 2012 at 01:06 AM
This is so helpful. Being a 'Katherine' and loving animals like Catherine Hubbard, i was going to make a donation at one of the animal shelters in Catherine's name here at my hometown. Now i can send it to Newtown. Thank you and God bless
Gary December 19, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I was planning to run from Maine to DC anyway and have added Sandy Hook Elementary as a charity. President Obama asked us all to take steps. I am taking 700 miles worth. http://www.maine2dcrun.com/
ann December 19, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Hoping an individual, group, or business could donate 26 living christmas trees to newtown to plant in special remembrance. they could be planted in a circle or other design with a fountain or eternal flame. each tree could be lit every christmas in honir if those lost at sandy hook. ann
Lesley Dyson December 19, 2012 at 07:38 AM
I have been reading about the psychological impact that this tragedy has on the siblings of the children; that parents and other family adults being strong for the children, keeping a routine, dinners, going to school - all this will help the young sibling children retain some sense of control in their world that has spun out of control. That this type of routine and comfort in routine will help them in the years to come. How in the world can these parents find the strength to do this for their remaining children when their hearts are so broken? Now it is the holiday season, and as a parent I am spending time decorating the house, wrapping presents, planning a special meal. I cannot imagine how a grieving parent can do these tasks for their children. Hannukah is now over, but I would imagine that many of those siblings would want to have Christmas this year dispite the tragedy that has befallen their families. However, I would do this for them. I will wrap the gifts, decorate, bake cookies. Anything to make Christmas morning a time when those families can be together in a special way as much as they can through their sorrow. Are there friends and family of the twenty families who are organizing this type of help? Or is this too early for any family dealing with this pain to even think of trying to do this? My sadness is so deep for these families.
Betty J. Lovastik December 19, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Planting trees in memory of Noah Pozner may be done through Jewish National Fund at 1-800-542-8733
Mary Gilfoyle December 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I am making CDs which have Healing Heart music, one for each family with a beloved one who died in the Sandy Hook school. Does anyone know how I can get a complete list of the names of the victims? And do you think I could send them in a box all together to the Newtown Post Office with the names on the CDs? I am feeling like that will work---if anyone has an idea about where to send these to be distributed to the families, I would really appreciate it. Please email Mary at: muscatineborn@aol.com Thank You So Much
Shay December 19, 2012 at 03:35 PM
My Heart Really goes out to all the families that lost love ones,just knw your love ones are in paradise walking with Jesus. You all are in my prayers may God bless you all.
Michelle McLain December 19, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I'm hoping someone can help me...my friends and I got together and started a fund to purchase (26) engraved locket ornaments from Things Remembered. We are having each one personalized for the victims and would like to make sure they get to each family. Is there an address that they can be sent to? My heart bleeds and I wish we could do more, but this is our way of saying we will never forget the innocent lives taken. If anyone would like to contribute, we will be accepting donations until Dec 22nd and the ornaments will be overnighted to make it in time for Christmas. Any help with donations and/or mailing information is greatly appreciated. God Bless. http://sandyhookornamentfund.chipin.com/sandy-hook-memorial-ornament-fund
Ardit Hoti December 20, 2012 at 12:38 AM
With great pain and deep sadness from my heart, I'm terribly sorry for the tragedy that happened to you.this tragedy opened heart wound not only in family members of the victims, but in the hearts of all people into the world.dark and difficult times will yen per family, pain, despair, and above all a great difference.for them the world does not have to be as previously.Fear of living with people will grow from day to day, and no one can to overcome this fear but have a great will of the Lord and a small admission from you that it is reduced but not disappear.For without fear of man does not exist.Try to find that window that brings some light rays and go on with the world, and it certainly will help you to walk, but never forget to turn your head back to remember what happened because she is part of life, and if one part of it is missing then you are lost forever.
Theresa Furnari December 20, 2012 at 02:09 AM
My heart is just bleeding over this horrific tragedy.I will pray daily for the families of these precious children and the amazing women who were so brave."He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows" (Isa. 53:4) Theresa Furnari
Blaine Hlebechuk December 20, 2012 at 08:19 AM
Eric, Have you approached the publishers of Scouting and Boys Life to run a memorial and possibly advertise this memorial fund. I have mentioned your post to our council and will also bring it to the attention of the pack and troop my sons attend. I could see this easily going national with just a little publicity. Blaine Hlebechuk bhlebechuk@q.com Parent of two scouts Oregon Trail Council Greenwood District Eugene, Or
Blaine Hlebechuk December 20, 2012 at 08:24 AM
I can't imagine a parent ever feeling comfortable dropping their children off at this school again. I live across the country but I would gladly donate to a fund to help the community build a new school and turn the sandy hook site into a memorial.
Will Zaleha December 20, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Here is another in memory of Lauren Rousseau. All donations big or small are greatly appreciated. Lauren is my cousin and she was a wonderful person, always bringing out the best in everyone. http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/in-support-of-the-lauren-rousseau-memorial-scholarship-on-behalf-of-will-zaleha-friends/37539
Vee Robillard December 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM
The photo I created for the kids and adults who died a week ago, has raised a little bit on money. http://500px.com/photo/20598317 As of ten minutes ago, the money, (plus some of my own) was sent to the Sandy Hook Support Fund, via my credit card. I am posting this in response to the nasty emails I received from people who find it inconceivable that any effort like this could be genuine, and they accused me of trying to profit off of this tragedy. All I can say is the donation has been made this morning and I keep those families close to my heart and thoughts. All our Love and support to all the parents, families and friends of the victims. Vee Robillard Photography Ottawa, Canada
Ericaled December 21, 2012 at 02:57 PM
There is also a memorial fund for 6-year-old Olivia Engel: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfTheEngelFamilyFund
Stu Stein December 21, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Can someone please let me know what fund has been setup to direct funds towards the rebuilding or remodeling of Sandy Hook Elementary School?
DCovey December 21, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Wonderful thing to do for kids. Pets do offer comfort to children in times of grief and loss. >Article, Therapy Dogs as Grief Counseling, http://www.allpsychologycareers.com/topics/therapy-dogs-as-grief-counseling.html We visited old Sandy Hook this week to lay flowers at the memorial and brought our trained German Shepherds, who certified AKC Canine Good Citizens. When young people saw our dogs outfitted with their jingle bells, their faces lit up like Christmas Trees. Together with our trained animal companions, we can make a difference in people's lives by offering this kind of support to families,friends and neighbors who were impacted by this horrible tragedy.
Eastern Services & Camp Simon December 21, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Hello. I am from Eastern Services in East Windsor, CT. We are a therapeutic office, and would like to send some chocolate lollipops to Newtown. Does anybody know where we could send them?
wendy lee hewitt December 29, 2012 at 02:03 AM
I haven't seen your photo yet, but on behalf of the Newtown Alumni Fund, thank you for thinking of our citizens at such a sad time. Your generousity, I'm SURE, is appreciated by everyone in town. ~ It's been hard on the folks in town, as a few horrible people have indeed tried to take advantage of the tragedy by posing as charitable organizations. Perhaps we can help you, (as we are fully legal with the State of CT, are directing 100% of our donations exclusively through the Newtown Rotary Club and have highly respectable members). Feel free to visit our site and share your thoughts and/or pictures. http://www.newtownalumnifund.org. - Respectfully, Wendy Hewitt, Promotions Committee, N.A.F. (Newtown Alumni Fund)
wendy lee hewitt December 29, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Hi Stu - I am not sure exactly which fund will be directing monies toward the rebuilding/remodeling of the school, but if you'd like to read about what the alumni of the Newtown School System are doing in the way of fundraising, please feel free to visit our website. Our website address is: http://www.newtownalumnifund.org. Our Mission Statement is clearly defined there and perhaps you will find that it addresses your stated desires. We are completely legitimate, have all required approvals from the State of CT and from Newtown Officials. 100% of all on-line donations go directly & electronically into the Newtown Rotary Club's Newtown Savings Bank Account. If you still wish to find a school rebuilding fund to donate to, please see our Facebook Page, (Newtown Alumni Fund), and pose your question in a Comment. I know that someone in our group will try to get you pointed in the right direction. - Thank you for your thoughtfulness! - Wendy Hewitt (Promotions Committee, N.A.F.)
pam ghaster January 01, 2013 at 10:56 PM
How can I support a tree in Isreal for Noah? -by Pam Ghaster


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