Remembering the Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary

| December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

While most of us don’t personally know any of these precious children or the amazing adults who passed on Friday, December 14th, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary, we do know our own children.  It is unimaginable what these parents and families must be going through and we can only hope that anything we do might bring even a glimmer of comfort to anyone and everyone directly affected including the surviving siblings, friends, neighbors and fellow students.

Yes, there are websites you can donate to, lots of memorial funds and talk beginning on changing the legislation.  However, as fellow moms, here are some really simply yet powerful things we can each do in our own homes to honor the memory of those lost.  As a parenting collaboration of CT-Moms Online, we have decided to contribute to the MOMS Club of Newtown, a chapter of the International MOMS Club, in their efforts to build or revitalize a children’s playground in Newtown in honor of the victims from Sandy Hook Elementary.  All funds raised (less fees charged by the Indiegogo donation site) will be used for the purchase of all materials, permits, fees, etc. used to construct memorial playground and a memorial marker. Extra funds collected will go to a playground maintenance fund and a victims’ family fund. PLEASE NOTE: If for some reason our goal is not met or we have logistical problems with location/zoning/town, etc, we will work with another Non-Profit organization to construct a memorial.

Find out more information here and see below for dozens of other ways to help – either monetarily or with your time.

United Way, a global nonprofit that works to improve families and individuals’ education, income stability and health, has set up the Sandy Hook School Support Fund through its Western Connecticut chapter. The fund will provide support services to the families that have been affected by the mass shooting. Donations can be mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470 or submitted online  If you have questions on the fund, you may call 800-461-0672

The Newtown Parent Connection, a nonprofit that addresses issues of substance abuse, also offers bereavement group counseling on the first Wednesday of every month. The organization told The Huffington Post that it’s going to try to bring in additional counselors to accommodate the needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook shooting.

Danbury hospital has partnered with other local counseling and mental health agencies within the community and is providing crisis intervention services 24 hours a day, seven days a weekFind out how you can contribute here. 

The Newtown Memorial Fund aims to help victims’ families pay for funeral costs, set up a community-wide memorial and a college scholarship fund for the students of the Newtown Public Schools. Find out how you can get involved here. 

The American Red Cross of Connecticut provided more than 50 units of blood platelets and plasma to the Danbury Hospital, where some of the victims were transported, spokesperson Melanie Pipkin told the Huffington Post. The aid organization has also distributed food and water to first responders and is setting up a family reception center that will provide initial grief counseling. The aid organization is not seeking blood donations at this time and is asking supporters to reach out to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

A former Sandy Hook student has set up the Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund through Crowdrise, to raise funds for the victims, families and others affected by the tragic shooting. Donations will be directed to the Sandy Hook PTSA, according to the fundraising site.

Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc., a nonprofit mental health clinic, will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for emergency counseling for families, community members or staff involved in the Sandy Hook
Elementary school tragedy. All donations made to the organization will benefit those affected.

The Connecticut PTSA has met with the PTA and community leaders in Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary to offer their assistance at this very difficult time.  Following are a few ways you can help:

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook  Please help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school in Monroe! Get Creative!!  No two snowflakes are alike. Make and send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT  06514, by January 12, 2013.

Project Linus, a nonprofit that brings comfort to children in crisis, has arranged to send more than 700 warm, cozy handmade blankets to children affected by this latest shooting.

Coins for Sandy Hook  Students can collect spare change to support their peers at Sandy Hook.  Other fundraising ideas include Walk- A -Thons, Spirit Days, Pajama Days, etc. Please send contributions to “Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund” by February 14, 2012.

Ongoing Fundraising Efforts  Donations are being accepted indefinitely to the: “Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund” to support the ongoing needs of the Sandy Hook Community. Send checks to “Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514. Mail snowflakes or donations to: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514.  Phone: 203-281-6617

You can send letters of support to families of the victims for Christmas. Email letters to sandyhookchristmas@gmail.com

Send your words of support and comfort to the Sandy Hook families, to aid them in their healing process.

This Christmas Eve join the many families across Fairfield County, and the country, who will be lighting a luminary for each life lost at Sandy Hook Elementary. A local fairfield family is trying to get the word out to as many people as possible. For more information email NRusso@microboard.com

In addition to the list of organizations above that will benefit Newtown, below is a list of the charitable contributions identified by some of the victims’ families.

Charlotte Bacon Christ the King Lutheran Church, 85 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Newtown, CT 06470.

Daniel Barden : In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Daniel’s name to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470, or checks may be dropped off at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location. To donate online, go to https://newtown.uwwesternct.org

Olivia Engel, 6, was shot and killed during the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. To help the family of the little girl who longtime family friend, Dan Merton, said “had perfect manners” and was the “teacher’s pet, the line leader,” supporters have set up the Friends of the Engel Family Fund.  

Josephine Gay In celebration of her joyful and giving spirit, a charitable fund is being created in her honor. Information about this fund and her life will be released to the media shortly.

Dylan Hockley : Memorial contributions may be made to the Dylan Hockley Memorial Fund, 34 Charter Ridge Road, Sandy Hook, CT, 06482

Catherine Hubbard : In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Newtown Animal Center, PO Box 475, Newtown, CT 06470

Chase Kowalski : In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Chase Kowalksi Scholarship Fund, c/o Peoples Bank, 470 Monroe Tpke., Monroe, CT 06468

Jesse Lewis In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: Voice for Joanie Inc., 5 Glenwood Rd, New Milford, CT 06776 voiceforjoanie.org

James Mattioli : In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in James’ memory to the James R. Mattioli Memorial Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470.

Anne Marie Murphy : In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd., 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540, www.autismspeaks.org

Noah Pozner : Memorial contributions may be directed to the planting of trees in Israel.  Family members remember Noah Pozner, 6, — one of 26 victims killed on Friday — as “just a really lively, smart kid.” According to a Facebook page set up in Noah’s memory, supporters can send letters of support to a friend who will deliver them to the family later this week. Cards can be mailed to: Friends of Maddie 1534 North Moorpark Road Suite 284 Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Caroline Previdi : Contributions in Caroline’s memory may be made to “The Toy Chest”, St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470.

Jessica Rekos : Memorial contributions may be made to the Newtown Rotary Sandy Hook School Fund, PO Box 263, Newtown, CT 06482.

Victoria Soto : The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Victoria L. Soto Memorial Fund for Education, through the Funeral Home. For more information or to make an online condolence please visitwww.adzimafuneralhome.com .

Benjamin Wheeler It is suggested that contributions in Benjamin’s memory be made to the Benjamin Wheeler Fund. The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home of Wallingford has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Special Thanks to Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk for the Obituary Links

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