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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.

Updated, 12/17, 4:44 p.m.

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

Updated, 12/17, 3:37 p.m.

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.

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

Helpful Links

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More links to Newtown coverage on St. Louis Park Patch:

  • How to Talk to Children About Violence in Wake of Newtown School Shooting
  • Dr. Hal Pickett's Thoughts on How To Deal With Tragic News Stories
  • Keith Ellison Sends Prayers to Those Affected By Newtown School Tragedy

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For up-to-date information on the shooting, visit Newtown Patch.

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Nicki Brunner December 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Are there any more prayer vigils or anything going on in the area to remember the victims? I'm sure there was over the weekend, but we would like to continue the tributes.
Kevira Voegele (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Hi @Nicki Brunner: Right now there are a lot of funerals, so I'm hearing less about vigils. There was a post on Newtown Patch proposing a 24-hour vigil on Christmas: http://newtown.patch.com/blog_posts/christmas-vigil-proposal I'm not sure, however, if people are going to do that or if it was just one person who wanted to do it. It's not a vigil, but there's a nice event in Bloomington on Dec. 22: http://stlouispark.patch.com/announcements/smiles-for-sandy-hook-elementary-a-minnesota-childrens-art-project

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