How to Help Families Affected by the Newtown School Shootings

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

In the wake of the unfathomable tragedy at Sandy Hook School Friday, people from all over the world have sent an outpouring of support to the victims, their families, the heroes and the community.

And as the world mourns the tragic loss of 26 lives, including that of 20 young children, people simply want to know how they can help.

Sandy Hook School Support Fund

The United Way of Western Connecticut, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank, has 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.

Send Letters and Cards to Newtown

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.

Sandy Hook Elementary School PTSA Fund

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.

Charities and Memorial Funds Identified by Families of Sandy Hook Elementary School

For a list of the charities and memorial funds identified by families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, click here.

"We Are Newtown" Bumper Stickers

Sandy Hook resident Sam Mihailoff is donating all money raised through the sale of "We Are Newtown" bumper stickers for a memorial in honor of the 20 children who were killed. Click here for more details.

Want Updates on New Ways to Help?

To keep up-to-date on other ways to help, click here and you will be directed to the original Newtown Patch article dedicated on ways to help the Newtown school shooting victims and families — that article thread will continue to be updated with information.

Other Helpful Links


More links to Newtown Patch’s coverage on the Newtown School Shootings here:

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


Do you know of other ways to help those affected by the Newtown school shootings? Tell us in comments.

June Smith December 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Locally in Capitola, to demonstrate compassion and respect to victims and their families in Connecticut, Father Wayne Dawson of St. Joseph’s Church, 435 Monterey Ave, invites all denominations of the Santa Cruz community to a special Healing Mass tonight, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 435 Monterey Ave. Capitola.
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