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Looking to Donate? Newtown Officials Have a List of Funds

While Newtown isn't endorsing any one particular fund, they've put information on the town's web site to help connect potential donors.

 

Those who'd like to donate to Sandy Hook-related funds -- or have already set up funds and are looking for partners -- now have a way to do so, thanks to a town committee designed to connect those looking to help.

The committee, led by Newtown Selectman Jim Gaston, spent weeks reaching out to every foundation, fund and potential donor they could find, building the master list.

"We're being a facilitator -- helping anybody who calls and says what's out there," Gaston said at a Board of Selectmen meeting earlier this month.

The list is available on the town's website -- or peruse available donors, memorials and contacts for the committee by clicking on the PDFs above.

"There's some very good people who did some very good things," said Gaston. "Some of them are college students. Some are high school students ... They can take a look at this website and see what the matches are. That may help some of these people who did wonderful things."

Since the shooting, millions of dollars have poured into funds for a variety of purposes. The Sandy Hook School Support Fund -- organized through the United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank -- is the largest such fund, with more than $8 million, but has not begun distributing funds. Earlier this week, the My Sandy Hook Family Fund announced the release of $40,000 checks to families of victims.

Town officials are not endorsing any specific fund, said Gaston -- the list is just a way to connect the many well-wishers looking to continue helping Newtown in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Michael Cragin February 02, 2013 at 12:26 PM
is alllllllll this money a blessing or a nightmare???..........we live in an affluent community...........send some to brazil.....233 people/kids were killed in a fire a few days ago........they will be lucky to get 130 $ let alone well over 13 million.......
Lisa February 02, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Really. This is sick already. Have fun at the super bowl.
Bill Haven February 02, 2013 at 08:58 PM
I have concerns about all of the money that is being raised. We have police officers on unpaid leave after being subjected to the horrors of the school shooting and yet we have 13 million in the bank. The Newtown Memorial Healing Center has been set up in a tent at the side of the road with and out of town preacher, a shady landscaper with a jar full of cash and a tattered amaerican flag. This is all too strange for me. Money.............cannot replace lives...
Tom Bittman February 03, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Talk to the folks from the Oklahoma City bombing (18 years ago), Columbine, V-Tech, Aurora. We have. There will be many years of counseling needs in our town. The Oklahoma City folks say they are STILL going through counseling. Real services costing real money. There are a dozen 1st grade kids who witnessed the massacre, a couple wounded, nearly 500 people who were in that school, several dozen first responders. Bill Haven mentions police officers on unpaid leave - that's the kind of thing this money also needs to cover. The costs will add up, for decades. Money can't replace lives, but it can provide services to help living people heal and get their lives back. By the way, not everyone in Newtown is affluent - Sandy Hook is economically diverse, and we already have issues of some families struggling to cope financially as they try to help their traumatized kids, self-employed and unable to work, foreclosures, etc.
Lisa February 03, 2013 at 06:00 PM
A lone bus driver in Alabama lost his life trying to protect the kids on his school bus. Has Sandy Hook reached out to his family the way the nation has reached out to them?
Tom Bittman February 03, 2013 at 08:10 PM
That, Lisa, is an excellent point. Sad to say that more than 1,000 people have died due to gun violence since 12/14. But, here is a case that might very well be a combination of mental health and gun responsibility. I'm going to pursue this, right now.
Tom Bittman February 03, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Lisa, we are not used to being "victims." But your post here is an inspiration, and I hope you see the results soon. We WILL reach out to the family of Charles Albert Poland, Jr. Like our children, teachers and staff of 12/14, Charles is a hero who lost his life due to gun violence that involves school safety, mental health and gun responsibility. Newtowners, I'm starting the process - let's join in this and honor Charles.
Lisa February 03, 2013 at 10:19 PM
TY Tom. But in full disclosure here on my part... I am a gun and 2ndA advocate, and what has become commonly called "gun violence" since the horrific taking of innocent lives in your town, is called MURDER; and we have laws for that. In Alabama, it was murder and kidnapping --- by a man well-known to the police and neighbors from what I have read. I would be curious to know if you can find out, what, if anything LAW ENFORCEMENT did with this knowledge-or what his family, friends, or neighbors have to say about knowingly allowing this madman to terrorize folks. May God bless you and your community.
Tom Bittman February 04, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Lisa, I think the question we all need to answer is what should we do to reduce "murder." I personally believe we need to look at this holistically - how are these people getting access to guns? Should we change something so that these murderers don't get guns, without restricting access to law-abiding citizens? Can we improve our mental health system - helping people who need help, and protecting society? Can we improve the safety of our public places, without expecting everyone to carry weapons, and without raising our taxes ridiculously? In all of these, do we already have laws that are not being enforced, or are unenforceable? And I fully believe that changes needed aren't only legislative - I think non-legislative changes are needed, too. I hope we can come to these answers together, and not by one "side" overcoming another "side."
Lisa February 04, 2013 at 12:38 PM
I'm sorry Tom, while I pray for all the victims in Newtown, this "debate" is useless. Anyone who cannot see the the agenda here is willfully blind. None of the questions you have posed above will be solved by the current legislation being proposed. All of it is directed at legal gun owners. CT has in the last 2 years gifted criminals and murders with an early release program, and repeal of the death penalty, and now pretends adding MORE laws against the law abiding is justified. How do you stop crazy people and criminals from getting guns? How about we start by enforcing the laws on the books? Notice how the incident is Alabama has had very little attention? Because it doesn't fit. A known crazy man was ignored... the system failed... that is law enforcement failed. And no one, including Newtown, the president, Gabby Giffords, the media... and on and on, had anything to say.
Tom Bittman February 04, 2013 at 08:21 PM
I don't expect much at all from the knee-jerk legislation work taking place over the next three months. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on a marathon, not this sprint. We don't expect the answers to come from Washington. Our whole concept is to drive conversations at the grass-roots level. That includes identifying how the current system is failing, and how current laws aren't being effectively enforced. Regardless of the agenda of others, we are trying very hard to focus on questions, and not jump to answers. This is very frustrating to those people who want us to be activists. I hope you support our approach.

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