On December 26, I posted an article on the Patch about a group collecting 600 Scarves for the Staff & Students of Sandy Hook Elementary Schools. Our original intent to collect 600 scarves snowballed and knitters from all over the USA and several other countries donated to this cause. We are pleased to report that as of this last week in January we have collected 3,103 scarves!
When it became apparent that we would exceed our original number, a decision was made to give scarves to first responders and others directly involved with this tragedy. Here is a listing of the organizations and people that received or will be receiving scarves:
- 600 are at Sandy Hook Elementary and will be distributed this week.
- We have begun distributing them to the families of the children and staff who passed away on that sad day.
- About 15 are bagged and ready to be delivered to CT's Reps and Senators, with the hopes that some will get to the First Family and the Biden family
- Newtown's first selectwoman, first responders, Board of Education, municipal offices, Superintendent, and Youth Prevention Council
- Monroe's first responders, Superintendent, Board of Education, and First Selectman
- Troop A State Police in Southbury
- First responders from Oxford, Bethel, Brookfield, New Cannan, Ridgefield, Fairfield, Easton, Redding, and Fairfield who have helped Newtown.
- Scarves are being framed to be displayed in each of the Trumbull fire stations and police department.
- Priests from St Rose received them, plus some are going to other churches and the Synagogue in town.
- 911 dispatchers received scarves.
- 100 Newtowners received them for their trip to DC. for the march last Saturday
- Vasi's gymnastics team is receiving them this week to wear at next weekend's meet.
- Wesley Learning Center received the fleece scarves that were donated by a senior citizen group
- A special dance group from Newtown will also be wearing scarves this week
- Newtown bus drivers will receive theirs this week.
- Counselors from Monroe and Trumbull who have been helping out at Sandy Hook received special thank you scarves as well.
- St Rose asked for scarves for their CCD children, many will go to a special Sandy Hook Elementary School reunion, we have reached out to see if the Synagogue in town wants scarves for their Hebrew School students, just for starters
Knitters and crocheters, keep going if you want. We have received requests for about two dozen more for other first responders plus we want to collect a box for parents. You can drop scarves off at Patience Pediatrics, Monroe Pack and Ship, or Monroe's library or mail to Scarves for Sandy Hook, box 369, 500 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT 06468. Thank you. You are an amazing team!
I want to send a special thank you to the merchants who offered to sell any “extra” scarves, but at this point that does not appear to be necessary. To keep up to date on the needs and progress, you can follow the Facebook Page Scarves for Sandy Hook.