IF YOU WANT TO HELP:
The Newtown Bee reports that Newtown town officials and community leaders asked Wednesday that people "temporarily halt any further dispatching of goods to the community, its schools, churches and nonprofit organizations." They said the deluge of donated goods already received — including toys, teddy bears, food, school supplies, blankets, candles and clothes — has overwhelmed the community's ability to receive, process, store and distribute. "They ask that any items already collected be distributed within the areas or communities of origin with Newtown's deepest gratitude, and in memory of those we lost on Dec. 14."
DonorsChoose.org, which was founded in 2000 and has funded more than 328,000 projects proposed by more than 137,000 teachers in more than 46,000 schools around the country, Wednesday launched a new donor site — DonorsChoose.org/Newtown — to support classroom efforts of teachers in Newtown. A coalition of education leaders joined DonorsChoose.org founder Charles Best to announce the effort, including state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor; Newtown Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson; U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut; and Tom Kuroski, president of the Newtown Federation of Teachers. Contributions will give Newtown teachers the opportunity to design classroom-specific projects and buy needed supplies. For details, go to http://www.donorschoose.org/newtown.
The Town of Newtown is taking contributions to both its Sandy Hook Special Revenue Fund (donations specified for the benefit of the town to be used for a public purpose, such as schools, police, parks, playgrounds and memorials) and the Sandy Hook Private Purpose Trust Fund, which will benefit individuals or private organizations, including scholarships.
Newtown Social Services is starting a fund for the first responders at Sandy Hook. Checks should be made out to the Town of Newtown — be sure to write "First Responders" in the memo line — and can be mailed or dropped off at the office at 3 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470. Call 203-270-4330.
Newtown's Parks and Recreation Department is taking contributions to the Park Gift Fund in honor and memory of Sandy Hook victims. Go to http://www.newtown-ct.gov and click on Parks & Recreation to give online.
The Sandy Hook School Support Fund: United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank have joined to establish this fund. Mail donations to Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470; drop off at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location; or contribute online at https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/ or at http://www.uwwesternct.org. For details, call United Way of Western Connecticut at 203-792-5330.
The Hartford Police Department Credit Union has set up a bank account for donations to the victims of the Newtown shooting. Donations may be sent to: Newtown Victim Relief Fund, c/o the Hartford Police Department Federal Credit Union, 50 Jennings Road, Hartford, CT 06120.
HONORING THE VICTIMS
DonorsChoose.org has launched a new donor site to honor the six educators who lost their lives. Contributions to DonorsChoose.org/Newtown will be used to support classroom efforts of all teachers in Newtown. Go to http://www.donorschoose.org/newtown.
The University of Connecticut has established a memorial scholarship fund honoring the victims of the Newtown school killings. The Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide financial aid at UConn for any students who currently attend the elementary school, as well as siblings of those killed in the assault and dependents of the teachers and other adults who also lost their lives. All money will be spent on scholarships; none on administrative costs. If funds remain once the needs have been met, the fund will be used to benefit any future student from Newtown who attends UConn. To donate, go to http://www.friends.uconn.edu/sandyhook.
Danbury High School has established a scholarship in memory of alumna Lauren Rousseau, one of the teachers who died at Sandy Hook. Send donations to the Lauren Rousseau Memorial Scholarship, Danbury High School, 43 Clapboard Road, Danbury, CT 06811.
Eastern Connecticut State University has established the Victoria Leigh Soto Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund to support students studying to teachers and who have unmet financial need. Checks should be made payable to the ECSU Foundation Inc. and mailed to Victoria Soto Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Eastern Connecticut State University, 83 Windham St., Willimantic, CT 06226, Attn. Kenneth J. DeLisa. Or donate online at http://www.easternct.edu/advancement/victoria_soto.html.
Donations to the Victoria L. Soto Memorial Fund for Education may be made c/o Adzima Funeral Home, 50 Paradise Green Place, Stratford, CT 06614.
Donations in honor of special education intern Rachel D'Avino may be made to Autism Speaks, 1 East 33rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016.
Contributions in memory of school psychologist Mary Sherlack may be made to Fairfield County Community Foundation's Fund for Health and Wellness, 385 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851, to continue her work with children and mental health
Donations to the Dylan Hockley Memorial Fund may be sent to 34 Charter Ridge Road, Sandy Hook, CT 06482.
Funds in honor of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene have been established at the Outpatient Clinic/Family Therapy Institute, Klingberg Family Centers, 370 Linwood St., New Britain, CT 06052; The Artist's Collective, 1200 Albany Ave., Hartford, CT 06112; and the Ana Grace Marquez-Greene Scholarship Fund, c/o Western Connecticut State University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 181 White St., Danbury, CT 06810 or http://www.wcsu.edu/ia/greene-scholarship.asp. Friends also have established the Ana Grace Fund at http://www.AnaGraceFund.com for the Marquez-Greene family.
Donations in memory of Catherine V. Hubbard may be sent to Newtown Animal Center, P.O. Box 475, Newtown, CT 06470.