How to help people of Newtown

Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown

December 18, 2012 2:39:57 PM PST
Many organizations are finding ways to help the people impacted by the tragedy in Newtown. Here are some of them.

Sandy Hook School Support Fund: The United Way of Western Connecticut set up this fund to support the families and community members. To donate, visit its website.

Connecticut PTSA: Connecticut PTSA is working with the Sandy Hook PTA and community leaders in Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary to offer assistance in a number of different ways.

Red Cross: Providing food, water and emotional support to families and first responders. The organization is also providing grief counseling to the community.

Save the Children: Helping families in Newtown with grief counseling and support. The organization also put out a list of tips on how to support your children through this tragedy.

Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund: University of Connecticut alumni and members of the public seeking a way to pay tribute to the victims of the tragedy are invited to contribute to the Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund. More information is available at the University of Connecticut Foundation ( website.


People want to help and do something, anything, but may be unsure how. There are plenty of wonderful ways to reach out, but first perform due diligence. Do some simple checking investigate before you donate and find out who or what is the recipient of your money.

If it's a large organization not known to you, check to see if the charity is registered. Some online resources tell you exactly how much the group raised and how the money was spent. But there are ways to give without spending a dime.


The U.S. Postal Service has established a unique Post Office Box to allow the public to send condolences to those affected by the tragedy in Newtown, CT last week. Those who wish to send expressions of comfort should address them to:

Messages of Condolence for Newtown
PO Box 3700
Newtown CT 06470


Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Common Sense About Kids and Guns

Violence Policy Center

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Mental Health America

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

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