Updated Jan. 4:
Sandy Hook resident Sam Mihailoff is setting up shop again at the Exit 11 commuter lot, to offer folks the opportunity to purchase the "We Are Newtown" bumper stickers.
He'll be there on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. It's Exit 11 off I-84 -- Mile Hill Road in Newtown, near the intersection with Route 34.
The following is an earlier post:
Sandy Hook resident Sam Mihailoff is ushering in the New Year by helping to raise funds for a memorial to the students and teachers who were killed at Sandy Hook School on Dec. 14.
Sam will be setting up in the commuter lot off Exit 11 on I-84 (on Mile Hill Road near the intersection with Route 34) from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 1, selling the "We Are Newtown" bumper stickers.
The minimum donation is $10. More information on how to purchase them is below.
Update on Dec. 28
Sam Mihailoff will once again be stationed off exit 11 (Mile Hill Road in Newtown) accepting donations in exchange for the green "We Are Newtown" bumper stickers. He'll be there between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Dec. 29.
The minimum donation for each bumper sticker is $10.
The bumper stickers will also be available at the following locations in Newtown:
- Amaral Motors, Main Street
- Glen Road Garage, Glen Road
More local spots to obtain the bumper stickers will be posted as soon as permission is obtained and confirmed with owner/management, Sam says.
If using a check, make it payable to "WE ARE NEWTOWN (all capital letters).
For our cyber friends, Sam says, you may use PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org; minimum donation of $13 each to cover paypal charges, packing and and postage.
Checks should be made payable to "WE ARE NEWTOWN" (all capital letters), minimum donation of $13 each (added cost to cover shipping) and mailed to: Sam Mihailoff PO Box 244 Sandy Hook, CT 06482
You can reach Sam at email@example.com and 203-426-0315.
Update as of 5 a.m. on Dec. 25:
The green "We Are Newtown" bumper stickers will be available for purchase today, Dec. 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. off exit 11 on Interstate 84 (Mile Hill Road near the intersection of Route 34).
Where exactly off the exit, you may be asking yourself. Organizers say: "Look for a rusty old Blue and White Bronco, with the bumper sticker that reads: 'WE ARE NEWTOWN.'"
The original report follows:
Sandy Hook resident Sam Mihailoff wants to help the victims of the school shooting. Here's what he came up with, in his own words:
Riveted to the ever changing news reports, I exude a feeling of severe loss, yet I am not a parent. I may have met those lost cherubs from afar as they rode by on the school bus is all.
Statements like “We shall ever be defined by this event” go beyond annoyance. Saturday’s stern message to the press by our superior First Selectman, leader, mentor and mother Patricia Llodra, planted a thought in my pea brain.
Eventually, the satellite trucks shall drive away, down I-84 and President Obama’s “well publicized” visit shall be yet another footnote to the violence of today’s society.
Newtown has changed greatly during my thirty-three year residency, however we ALL have certain desires, hopes and dreams still. The parents of those twenty angels had dreams ripped from their loving arms on Friday morning forever. The staff of Sandy Hook School who braved flesh against bullets demonstrated the true core of teacher dedication.
After 9/11 folks drove around with American Flags unfurled but ceased once it became unfashionable. Will we do the same? Will we drift back to the petty squabbling of politics? I hope not.
Now, we all want to do something, donate, bake, something...anything.
The words of Jaime Parker have set my thoughts into action. I have made a direct donation to the Emilie Parker Fund, and will do so for the remaining fallen nineteen lovely, innocent victims.
Beyond that, I have just ordered a bunch of bumper stickers (3” X 6”) which through various locations in and about town shall be sold ($10.00) or from me personally; for the eventual memorial that shall be erected at a later date. For anyone in other states who might be desirous of helping, $13.00 which covers PayPal fees and postage.
I am not making a blessed dime on this endeavor. My fee shall be a tear and a thank-you. Yes, we shall learn to walk again!!!
54 Lakeview Terrace PO Box 244
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
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