Sandy Hook School Support Fund raises $3.5 million

Connecticut's Governor leads a moment of silence for the victims.
Connecticut's Governor leads a moment of silence for the victims.

NEWTOWN, CT (WMBF) - In the aftermath of Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, two Newtown organizations are leading in the effort to gain external support.

Newtown Savings Bank partnered with United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) in creating a support fund to provide services to the families and community affected by the tragedy that claimed 27 innocent lives just 11 days before Christmas.

As of Dec. 26, 2012 the Sandy Hook School Support Fund received $3.5 million in donations, according to a press release posted by United Way.

The UWWC will give all of the funds raised to the Newtown Community. Newtown community leaders are working to organize a group to determine how to use the funds in a way to best meet the needs of the area.

"United Way of Western Connecticut is committed to providing support and resources where and when they become identified and needed," United Way expressed on their website. "As people from our area and beyond respond to this heartbreaking tragedy, they are turning to United Way looking for ways to help."

Those interested in supporting the families of Newtown can send check donations to Newtown Savings Bank at the address below:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund

c/o Newtown Savings Bank

39 Main Street

Newtown, CT 06470

Donations by credit card can also be submitted online by visiting United Way.

Monetary funds are not the only way United Way is lending a helping hand to the mourning community. The organization is also working to establish a command center for volunteers to report to as well as a place to distribute goods the community is receiving in the aftermath of December 14. At this time of grief the UWWC is seeking local non-profits to provide counseling to families affected by the shooting.

One of the counseling centers, Newtown Youth & Family Services, sponsored a child friendly service called Kids in Crisis to provide emotional and therapeutic support for parents, students and school staff. The service made psychologists, psychiatrists and clinicians available to the families.

The story of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting has inspired individuals to come forward and organize their own fundraisers as well.

Kathy Gorlick, who lives in California, contacted WMBF News after reading this article. She wants to do what she can to help the victims of the Connecticut shooting as they grieve the loss of their loved ones. Gorlick designed note cards with colored hearts and the names of each life lost during the tragedy.

The note cards are available for purchase on Ebay. All of the profits from these note cards will be donated to the Sandy Hook Elementary Support Fund, Gorlick promises.

If you would like to support Gorlick's efforts to raise money for the Sandy Hook Elementary Support Fund you can view her listing here.

To join Newtown Savings Bank and United Way in supporting the Newtown community send a letter or card to P.O. Box 3700, Newtown, CT 06470.

For more information about the Sandy Hook School Support Fund call 1-800-461-0672.

To read the full press release from United Way of Western Connecticut from December 26 click here.

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