How to Help Families Affected by Newtown School Shooting

People all over the world want to know how to help Sandy Hook residents following Friday's horrifying mass shooting. Post "I want to help" in this comment thread to get updates on what you can do.

Update 11 a.m. Dec. 20:

Newtown High School students are selling stickers to raise funds for the families. The stickers feature a hand-print with a heart in the middle, and the words, "Sandy Hook 12-14-12."

More info here: http://newtown.patch.com/articles/newtown-high-school-students-help-with-stickers

Also, a Newtown resident is selling bumper stickers that say, "We are Newtown." All money raised will directly benefit the families of the Sandy Hook school shooting and a memorial to the victims.

More info on that here: http://newtown.patch.com/articles/we-are-newtown-bumper-stickers-available

Update 2:35 p.m

The family of Dylan Hockley has created the Dylan Hockley Memorial Fund to help children with autism and other special needs. More information, visit the Hockley's memorial page on Facebook. To donate via PayPal: dylanhockleymemorialfund@gmail.com

Update 2:04 p.m.

Connecticut police say that in-state residents can call Infoline at 211 for information about how individuals or businesses can support the victims and their families of the Sandy Hook School shooting, including those offering counseling services.

"Assistance may include, but is not limited to, victims’ assistance agencies, counselors, Religious or ministry services, dog therapy, transportation services, and any other type of support goods or services," the police say in a press release issued on the agency's website.


Sandy Hook Elementary School Princial Dawn Hochsprung's family have established a scholarship fund in her name to benefit graduates of her alma mater, Naugatuck (CT) High School, which is local less than 20 miles from the Newtown school. Details here. To contribute to the fund, please bring your donation to one of our offices, or mail to WCTFCU, 772 Straits Turnpike, Middlebury, CT 06762. or WCTFCU, 24 Rowan Street Extension, Danbury, CT 06811. For additional information, you can speak with a credit union representative at 203-758-9500 or 800-992-2226.


And here is a nice list from the Huffington Post about how people can help through various organizations local to Newtown, regional and national:

  • Sandy Hook School Support Fund: United Way, a global nonprofit that works to improve families and individuals’ education, income stability and health, has set up the Sandy Hook School Support Fund through its Western Connecticut chapter. The fund will provide support services to the families that have been affected by the mass shooting. Donations can be mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470 or submitted online here.
  • Danbury Hospital: Danbury hospital has partnered with other local counseling and mental health agencies within the community and is providing crisis intervention services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Find out how you can contribute here.
  • Noah's Ark of Hope Fund: Six-year-old Noah Pozner -- the youngest of the 20 children killed during the shooting on Friday -- leaves behind four siblings, including his twin sister and best friend, Arielle. Supporters have set up the Noah's Ark of Hope Fund to provide the little boy's siblings with counseling services, education and basic needs. Donations can be made online and checks can be mailed to Congregation Adath Israel, P.O. Box 623, Newtown, CT 06470 with "For the Family of Noah Pozner" in the memo line.
  • Friends of the Engel Family Fund: Olivia Engel, 6, was shot and killed during the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. To help the family of the little girl who longtime family friend, Dan Merton, said "had perfect manners" and was the "teacher's pet, the line leader," supporters have set up the Friends of the Engel Family Fund. Find out how you can donate here.
  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund: Ryan Kraft, a former Sandy Hook student who babysat for Adam Lanza -- the shooter who carried out the massacre on Friday -- was inspired to set up the Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund, according to CBS Los Angeles. Money raised will be used to help victims, families and others affected by the tragedy and donations will be directed to the Sandy Hook Elementary School PTSA, according to the fundraising site. Find out how you can get involved here.
  • Newtown Memorial Fund: The Newtown Memorial Fund aims to help victims’ families pay for funeral costs, set up a community-wide memorial and a college scholarship fund for the students of the Newtown Public Schools. Find out how you can get involved here.
  • Emilie Parker Memorial Fund: Emilie Parker, 6, was one of 26 victims killed on Friday in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. To support Emilie’s parents, Robbie and Alissa, in paying for medical expenses, arranging for a funeral in Utah and taking off from work to spend time with family, friends and relatives have set up the Emilie Parker Memorial Fund. Checks can be mailed to: Emilie Parker Memorial PO Box 12751
    Ogden, UT 84412-2751. To donate via PayPal, use the email brookeprothero@yahoo.com.
  • My Sandy Hook Family Fund: A group of Newtown parents have created My Sandy Hook Family Fund to tend to the immediate needs of the victims' families. So far the fund has raised over $30,000 and aims to hit $2 million. Organizers are working to provide anything from airline tickets and hotel accommodations for out-of-town family members to attend funerals to delivering warm meals for grieving parents. Find out how you can donate here.
  • Newtown Youth and Family Services: Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc., a nonprofit mental health clinic, remained open for emergency counseling over the weekend for families, community members or staff involved in the Sandy Hook
    Elementary school tragedy and is accepting donations.Find out how you can help here.
  • Newtown Parent Connection: The Newtown Parent Connection, a nonprofit that addresses issues of substance abuse, also offers bereavement group counseling on the first Wednesday of every month. The organization told The Huffington Post that it’s going to try to bring in additional counselors to accommodate the needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook shooting. Find out how you can help here.
  • Project Linus: Project Linus, a nonprofit that brings comfort to children in crisis, has arranged to send more than 700 warm, cozy handmade blankets to children affected by this latest shooting, according to an email sent to The Huffington Post. Find out how you can get involved here.
  • The American Red Cross: The American Red Cross of Connecticut provided more than 50 units of blood platelets and plasma to the Danbury Hospital, where some of the victims were transported, spokesperson Melanie Pipkin told the Huffington Post. The aid organization has also distributed food and water to first responders and is setting up a family reception center that will provide initial grief counseling. The aid organization is not seeking blood donations at this time and is asking supporters to reach out to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Find out how you can get involved here.

Update 1:43 p.m.

The “My Sandy Hook Family Fund" has been established by local Sandy Hook, CT parents and friends dedicated to providing support the victims' families.

Update 12:30 p.m., Dec. 18

The following information comes from a user-generated Announcement posted on Newtown Patch:

  • Snowflakes for Sandy Hook: Please help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school! Get Creative!! No two snowflakes are alike. Make and send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.
  • Coins for Sandy Hook: Students can collect spare change to support their peers at Sandy Hook. Other fundraising ideas include Walk- A -Thons, Spirit Days, Pajama Days, etc. Please send contributions to “Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund” by February 14, 2012.
  • Ongoing Fundraising Efforts: Donations are being accepted indefinitely to the: “Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund” to support the ongoing needs of the Sandy Hook Community. Send checks to “Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514.

Mail snowflakes or donations to: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514. Phone: 203-281-6617

Updated, 4:44 p.m.

For a list of obituaries and charities from the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims, click here.

Updated, 3:37 p.m., Dec. 17

The U.S. Postal Service has set up a post office box for the public to send its condolences to Newtown. You can send letters and cards to P.O. Box 3700, Newtown, CT 06470.

Original Story

In the wake of the unimaginable tragedy at Sandy Hook School Friday people from all over the world—in Connecticut, California, Canada and much farther away in Australia and India—sent an outpouring of support and want to know how they can help.

If you want to be notified via email of ways to provide comfort and support during this difficult time, please post in the comments section: "I want to help."

Patch will continue to update this article with ways to help—posting updates to the story as well as in the comments thread, triggering an email notification to commenters—and if you know of an organization or fundraiser providing assistance, let us know in the comments section, too.

Already the United Way of Western Connecticut, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank, created the Sandy Hook School Support Fund to help provide support services to the families and community that are affected.

Check donations may be mailed to: 

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT  06470

If you have questions on the fund, you may call 800-461-0672.


A former Sandy Hook Elementary School student named Ryan Kraft, also a longtime neighbor of the Lanza family, posted a Local Voices blog on Newtown Patch saying he set up a fund to help heal his community.

The link to the fund site is here — http://www.crowdrise.com/SHSRelief — and according to Kraft, all monies are directed toward the school's PTSA organization.

Helpful Links


More links to Newtown Patch’s coverage here:

  • Reaction: Sandy Hook School Shooting
  • Police Raid Sandy Hook Home Hours After Shooting
  • [PHOTOS] Newtown School Shooting


Sam Mihailoff December 19, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Louis December 19, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Sam, how can the world share the grief, if the press isn't here to report on it?
Mark Maki December 19, 2012 at 05:53 AM
I wanted to somehow get a video to the families who are dealing with the saddest loss in the whole world. Your child is your life and I am praying for you all. I believe that the song in the video that I am trying to post is so uplifting and it's about hope in where they are now, "with Christ in Heaven." Not everyone believes that, but there is no better place to imagine your loved ones than in Heaven. In this time of tragedy, I hope that this video can even reach out to one of those families and bring them peace, hope or some joy. I didn't write it or sing it, but I am just helping it reach the families it was written for. Please help. This is a tiny bit of hope to all people that have lost someone. It's the words that count. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqLz9xU5Je4
Aidan Orly December 19, 2012 at 08:49 AM
I want to help. I am from just thirty minutes away, and will be returning to Connecticut on the 24th for a month. This tragedy has affected me much more than any other mass-shooting, and I attribute this to its proximity to the safe, sheltered town in which I grew up. I still cannot comprehend that it happened. Email: aidan93@gmail.com
Jeannine W. December 19, 2012 at 09:55 AM
I want to help
Jeannine W. December 19, 2012 at 09:57 AM
I want to help
Shannon Mack December 19, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Any need for medical professionals such as nurses. I have a solid network of individuals that want to help. If so contact me at shannonmack@hotmail.com
brinda December 19, 2012 at 02:52 PM
my heart and prayers go out to the familys and the ones they loss
Michelle Stevens December 19, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I want to help. Please contact me and let me know how I can become more involved from Wisconsin.
melissa December 19, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I want to help. My email is melholl21@aol.com. please let me know anything we can do - us NJ folks are ready
Rhonda Kreitz December 19, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I want to help
Prakash Pathak December 19, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I want to help
lauren stein December 19, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I want to help
Lynn Bomaster December 20, 2012 at 12:43 AM
I have also contacted the publishers of this book in hopes of them lending a hand at either sending some extra copies of the books or at least getting them at a reduced price as these would do so well to help the children
Concerned Parent December 20, 2012 at 02:41 AM
I have no words to give but you have our hearts and our prayers. You are not alone.
Marcia December 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I want to help
Javier Corone December 20, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I want to help
April Wood December 20, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I want to hlep
Lois Imbriano Barber December 20, 2012 at 04:04 PM
United Way FINALLY returned my call and assured me they would not take a handling fee from the Sandy Hook fund. They also gave it yesterday (Wednesday, Dec 19th) in writing to the town. A committee wil be formed to determine where this money will be spent.
Gary Jeanfaivre (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 04:14 PM
We just updated this article with two more ways to help. Newtown High School students are selling stickers to raise funds for the families, and a Newtown resident is raising funds through the sale of bumper stickers that say, "We are Newtown."
Sheryl Mann December 21, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I want to help.
Daniel Swartz December 22, 2012 at 02:16 AM
I want to help. I am an ASL (sign language) interpreter and would like to donate my services. Contact me at dan@360translations.com
Lisa December 22, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I want to help.
Greg K December 26, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I want to help
Robin K December 30, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I want to help
Gary Jeanfaivre (Editor) December 31, 2012 at 05:15 PM
This outpouring of support is amazing. There are many ways to help, and we've compiled them into one place for you: http://newtown.patch.com/topics/fundraisers-to-help-sandy-hook Thank you, Gary Jeanfaivre Patch Regional Editor
KW December 31, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I want to help.
Lauraquam January 15, 2013 at 07:19 PM
I would like a list of the families who were affected so I can send encouragement cards. Where can I get that?
Lois Imbriano Barber January 16, 2013 at 04:18 PM
"My Sandy Hook Family Fund" gives financial, as well as emotional support directly to the 26 families.
R Morg March 14, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Please email to publicsafetymail@cga.ct.gov Last meeting is today in Hartford and the NRA and gun manufacturers are in full force. The gun companies have a mandatory day at the Capitol with busloads. We have a silent majority. Please send your thoughts today!! 3/14/13 Testimony First and foremost - I support the 2nd Amendment and a citizen's right to bear arms. Today marks the three-month anniversary of an unthinkable gun violence tragedy in CT. What better time to take the necessary steps to enact common sense gun control and gun safety legislation? Today you will meet for one last time: please be a part of the opportunity to make a historical change for the better. Please enact comprehensive, meaningful and enforceable gun control and gun safety legislation. Most importantly, please pass legislation to ban on the purchase and possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines of more than ten rounds. Now is the time to change the existing climate of gun violence that has developed this country, but this can’t happen without effective and enforceable checks and balances. Please do what it takes to enact desperately needed gun and safety controls.


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