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How to Help Families, People Affected by Newtown, CT School Shooting

People all over the world want to know how to help Sandy Hook residents following Friday's horrifying mass shooting.

Update: 

For Lakeville and other local residents: 

"Tonight at 6 p.m. people will be gathering at 13964 Ember Way in Apple Valley for a candle light vigil to honor the Connecticut families.

"These are just normal people trying to make a difference and not really knowing how to. Hope to see you there ..."

Original post:

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

(Read a letter from the Lakeville Area Public School District Superintendent about safety in at the schools following the Newtown tragedy.)

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.

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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—crowdrise.com/SHSRelief—and according to Kraft, all monies are directed toward the school's PTSA organization.

The funds are directed to the school's PTSA organization. Please help in any way you can.

Here is the link to the fund site: 

crowdrise.com/SHSRelief

The funds are directed to the school's PTSA organization. Please help in any way you can.

Helpful Links

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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

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Ainsworth A. Hall December 18, 2012 at 01:58 AM
i want to help. my email is ains2222@yahoo.com
Dan December 18, 2012 at 02:15 AM
i want to help
Dan December 18, 2012 at 07:26 AM
Sorry I didn't leave my email address earlier: dnmoe92672@yahoo.com. I WANT TO HELP
Yulanda Bolden December 18, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I want to help sashingtonyulanda@yahoo.com
Derrick Williams (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Here's a note from an Apple Valley resident inviting folks to vigil: "Tonight ordinary people will be gathering at 13964 Ember Way in Apple Valley at 6:00pm for a candle light vigil to honor the CT families. These are just normal people trying to make a difference and not really knowing how to. Hope to see you there..."
Pam Conner December 18, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I want to help pjconner@me.com God Bless Newtown
Sandee December 18, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I want to help noy2es@aol.com
Amy Reid December 18, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Everybody at my job will be getting together toys and cards for the families of Sandy Hook Elem. We will be sending everything off next week. Amy Reid/Virginia Ts Family Petersburg VA
Colleen Woelfel December 18, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I WANT TO HELP.
Rosemarie Ford December 19, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Rosemarie Ford I WANT TO HELP!!! PLEASE TELL ME WHAT I CAN DO OR WHAT I CAN SEND. THANK YOU.
lexi riney December 19, 2012 at 06:54 AM
I WANT TO HELP! my email is lexibrooke25@aol.com
vikash lal December 19, 2012 at 09:11 AM
Hi my name is vikash lal I am from new zealand. to all the families I am very sorry for your lost. All kiwi are thinking of you all.
Richard Racicot December 19, 2012 at 02:51 PM
i want to help rjscoe@yahoo.com
samantha struppa December 19, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I want to help sstruppa@hotmail.com
Margaret Callender December 20, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I would like to send money that would go to a memorial for the 26 beautiful lost lives. Is there a fund for this? MickeyC1938@yahoo.com
JANET ROBERTSON December 20, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Please/..........I want to help My e is std30@yahoo.com
Brianna Garcia December 20, 2012 at 06:42 AM
I want to help! Breelovescali1990@yahoo.com
colette December 21, 2012 at 08:05 AM
I want to help Colettelefebvredavis@yahoo.com
Erin Forbes January 07, 2013 at 11:42 PM
I want to help. erin,forbes@nafinc.com

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