Newtown Says 'Please, No More Gifts': 5 Ways to Offer Condolences for Sandy Hook Shooting (VIDEO)

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sandy hook memorialWhat occured at Sandy Hook Elementary School two weeks ago was so devastating that we couldn't possibly imagine there being any light at all related to the tragedy. But over the days following, the response from people all over the country has been incredibly powerful. Loads of gifts have arrived in Newtown, Connecticut. So many that postal workers say they can no longer handle the capacity of the packages they're receiving.

Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llondra said, "Our hearts are warmed by the outpouring of love and support from all corners of our country and world," but she went on to note that while the town is immensely grateful, they need to ask that people who wish to give the town condolences for the shooting donate to needy children and families in their own community, in the name of those killed in Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14.

As of Friday evening, Newtown's website still featured the Sandy Hook Donations Fund, which is organized through United Way of Western Connecticut. United Way partnered with Newtown Savings Bank to create the fund, which will aid affected families. But here are some other ways to do as Llondra has suggested and finding ways to donate to needy children in your own community ...

  1. You can check out Toys of Hope - A 501(c)(3) charity where 100 percent of all money donated goes towards helping children and needy families.
  2. Or Feeding America, which donates every dollar they receive to provide 8 meals to families struggling with hunger. Their food bank network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors in all 50 states.
  3. To hunt for even more local charities, on You can type in your zip code and the type of charity you'd like to find, and you'll get a whole list of local results.
  4. works similarly. Type in your zip to find causes to donate to in your own backyard, and get info on nearly 1.8 million charities.
  5. You can also search for charities with, which allows you to donate to multiple charities in one, simple transaction.

Here, a group of musicians offers their condolences in the form of a song dedicated to the victims ...

What do you think is the best way to donate or volunteer on behalf of those affected in Newtown?


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nonmember avatar mojo

If anyone would like to simply leave their condolences and sympathies, there is a Facebook page set up for just that. It is Sandy Hook Elementary School Wishing Well. It was started as a place people could leave a note online so as to not overwhelm the town with physical mail.

nonmember avatar kevobx

The truth sets one free (*Luke 24:44*) *Psalm 109:6 Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. *1st Peter 4:7 But the end of things is at hand: *Revelation 22:10 for the time is at hand.

nonmember avatar kevobx

Blessings do bring out the curses in the book of life. *Revelation 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. *John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. *Malachi 4:4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

plinky33 plinky33

One thing I'm not quite understanding - a previous article stated that the first responding police officers to the scene are at risk of running out of sick time and pay, and are going to be struggling with regards to going back to work - with the amount of money recieved by Newtown, I would hope that they are doing something to help these police officers take all the time they need off of work before returning, and be able to support them financially with the overwhelming amount of donations. 

nonmember avatar Katie

That is very beautiful. I donated lots of toys to Toys for Tots this year. First time I ever donated to them, and I don't know if it's because I was thinking about the Newtown victims as I donated the toys or what but I felt REALLY good about myself, even though I don't have much myself and I just spent $75 worth of toys. I tried to imagine the kids who received them on Xmas Day opening what I got them and it DEFINITELY put a smile on my face all day. I hope those kids liked what they got and hopefully they will play with their new toys for at least a few years. If not, I tried! Maybe they have siblings or friends who might enjoy the toy better.

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