Sandy Hook Support Fund Raises Nearly $3 Million in A Week

As of Dec. 21, the Newtown Savings Bank / United Way joint fund had raised $2.8 million.

$2.8 million.

That's how much the team of Newtown Savings Bank and the United Way of Western Connecticut had raised for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund since December 15 — as of last Friday, just a few days before Christmas.

While many opportunities for contributing have sprung up since the tragic shooting on December 14, the fund is the primary donation source listed on websites for Newtown Public Schools and the town of Newtown.

On Saturday, the United Way of Western Connecticut announced the fund had raised $2.8 million. One hundred percent of funds will go directly to the community, according to the United Way.

"We are overwhelmed by the generosity of caring people from across the nation and around the world who are supporting the Newtown Community," said UWWC CEO Kim Morgan in the Dec. 22 release.

In an interview with Patch shortly after the fund was launched, Newtown Savings Bank President John Trentacosta said the United Way and the bank won't have any say in where funds end up — instead, money will be distributed by an independent advisory board made up of Newtown residents, which could include school officials, parents and religious leaders.

"What we're trying to do is be responsive and helpful to our communities and the citizens who were impacted by [this tragedy]," he said.

In the release, United Way officials also said the they are working with the town to set up a "command center" to help manage volunteers and distribute donations.

To donate, visit their web site's donation form.

Joe Heffel December 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Why does this community need 2.8 million? While what happened to the victims of this shooting is tragic and heartbreaking, the middle class families of the 20 children and others killed will not be brought back to life by this money. Perhaps there are needier cases and worthier causes we can find.
Jude Revoli December 26, 2012 at 03:09 PM
In the aftermath of these tragedies, I couldn't sleep for three nights. I tossed and turned in anguish. I had to do something! So I went before my church in Ft. Worth and suggested we send sprays of pink and yellow carnations cascading down white crosses; these would go to the children's families. Then we selected one long-stemmed red rose each for the survivors of the educators. Also, separate from the flowers, I sent a special consolation message, approved by the church staff, that I'd hoped would bring comfort to the parents as they got together to support one another in this, their greatest hour of need. I have heard of the many flowers, cards, poems and sentiments received. But we wanted our flowers and note to be specifically received by the families. What do you suppose is happening to the direct messages poeople sent? It was my prayer that if one person could receive some encouragement, some hope, some light in the midst of all the darkness, our contribution would have been successful.
TmT December 26, 2012 at 05:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eBzgxg_A9Kk \Some young ladies have created a song tribute for the families affected by this tragedy. I did not create this, I do not personally know these girls, but I wanted to post this in an attempt to pass along this message of love a bit closer to it's intended recipients.
Johnny Walker December 28, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Do you know all of the victims finances personally to make such a statement? Extremely ignorant to believe that none of the victims- including the 600 plus students in the school at the time of the shooting and the first responsers who witnessed this carnage wouldn't need counseling or other therapy that they may not be able to afford. The money can also be used to prevent other similar tragedies from occurring- whether though mental health assistance or some other yet to be determined method. No one is suggesting giving the money to the victims, which In this case number in the hundreds.


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