How to Help in the Small Town

datePosted on 08:46, December 19th, 2012 by Small Town Mommy

With my shock and horror, I haven’t been able to post anything for the past few days.  While most of the country is recovering, we keep discovering more connections to the victims and their families.

I wanted to provide information for my neighbors on how to help.  Most of these are local initiatives but if you are interested in helping leave me a comment below or send me an email and I will put you in touch with the right people.

Coat and Backpack Drive: The students at Sandy Hook had to leave school without any of their belongings.  The Small Town Elementary School is putting together a coat and backpack drive to replace those coats and backpacks that can not be accessed.  If you would like to donate a new coat or backpack, please deliver it to the school or the organizers.

First Responder Drive: Entering the school that morning was a traumatic experience for those first responders who came to rescue the survivors. Another group in the Small Town is collecting cards, letters and gift cards for those first responders who put their lives in danger to help others and will never get the images from that day out of their minds.  This drive will run until Christmas.

Winter Wonderland: All of the schools in Connecticut are collecting snowflakes to decorate the new school for the students of Sandy Hook.  Snowflakes can be dropped off at any school in the state or can be sent to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.

Of course, there is the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.  Donations can be mailed to Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470.

Many of the families also have individual funds so if a certain victim touched your heart directly, you can donate to one of them.  I am not listing them here as we do have a family that has touched ours directly and I don’t want to play favorites.

This is really for my neighbors in the Small Town but anyone can help.  Newtown needs all the help it can get to recover from what has happened

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5 Responses to “How to Help in the Small Town”

  1. Andrea on December 19th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    The kids and I are making some snowflakes for the school. Even though we are so far away and didn’t know anyone who was directly affected, it still was so hard to hear about, and so tragic for everyone from the victims, to the families, to the people who raced to the school to help.

    I hope they can all find a way to heal.

  2. Sparkle on December 19th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    A friend of mine and my human’s lives in Newtown and in fact, her house is not far from the Lanza’s home. She runs a cat rescue and is opening it up for visits for anyone from Newtown who needs to feel some warm, fuzzy love – and kids will be able to take home a plush kitty toy also! I blogged about it on Sunday, but here is a direct link to our friend Robin’s drive: http://kittenassociates.org/content/come-visit

  3. Ann on December 19th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you for posting all the ways that people can help.

  4. Melissa on December 19th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers continue for these families, and the whole community as they try to recover from all this.

  5. Pricilla on December 19th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I wish I could take Bruce and Clarence there to make the children smile….