What 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 ...
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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Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside