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NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSLA.com) — The nation is grieving for the victims of a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and many are wondering how they can help.
A number of aid organizations and local mental health professionals are galvanizing to help those affected by the tragedy, according to the The Huffington Post, and need financial support.
To learn more about the relief effort and how to contribute:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund:
United Way and Newtown Savings Bank have established this fund to aid residents of Newtown. Donations can submitted online at Sandy Hook School Support Fund or mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470.
Connecticut State Police are asking anyone who wishes to assist the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and their families to contact the state’s 211 Infoline. Any victims or residents in need of assistance should also call.
PO Box For Condolences:
The U.S. Postal Service has established a unique Post Office Box to allow the public to send condolences to those affected by the massacre. Address messages to: Messages of Condolence for Newtown, PO Box 3700, Newtown, CT 06470.
Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund:
A Sandy Hook Elementary School student has started the fund to gather support for victims and families in conjunction with Crowdrise, using funds that will be directed to the school’s PTSA organization.
Newtown Memorial Fund:
This 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. Learn more here.
Newtown Youth and Family Services:
A non-profit mental health clinic offering emergency emotional and therapeutic support throughout the week. No appointments are necessary.
Newtown Parent Connection:
A support group dedicated to fighting substance abuse and drug use, which is accepting donations for families affected by the massacre.
Daniel Barden Memorial Fund:
A fund set up by the family of Daniel Barden, 6, a victim of the massacre, to assist his family.
Friends of Engel Family Fund:
A fund set up on behalf of the family of Olivia Engel, 6, one of the victims of the massacre.
Emilie Parker Memorial Fund:
A fund set up by the family and friends of Emilie Parker, 6, one of the victims of the massacre. The fund will pay for funeral arrangements, time off and other expenses for Emilie’s parents. To donate via PayPal, use the email email@example.com.
RIP Dylan Hockley
The family of Dylan Hockley has created the Dylan Hockley Memorial Fund to help children with autism and other special needs. More information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Dylan-Hockley-Sandy-Hook-Massacre-Victim/215750598560389. To donate via PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allison Wyatt Memorial Fund
Friends of Allison Wyatt have created the Allison Wyatt Memorial Fund and another private fund for Allison’s sister, Lauren. Checks should be made to Allison Wyatt Memorial Fund or for the private family fund to Ben Wyatt as custodian. All checks can be sent to Steve DeMartino, c/o TransAct Technologies Inc., One Hamden Center, 2319 Whitney Ave., Suite 3B, Hamden, Conn. 06518.
Support for the Family of Noah Pozner: A Facebook page to write letters of condolence to the family of Noah Pozner, 6, one of the children killed in the massacre.
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 week.
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross of Connecticut has provided food and water to first responders and is building 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.
An online national sympathy card on Causes.com got more than 1 million signers in less than 48 hours. The card, which will be delivered to community officials with all the signatures, says in part, “We cannot begin to comprehend the depth of your sadness and grief. Please know that we care deeply for you and we join with you in sharing your sorrow and pain. We only hope that you receive some measure of comfort in the knowledge that we, and an entire nation, stand with you during this extraordinarily difficult time.” To sign: http://www.causes.com/actions/1715318
Those who wish to volunteer in Newtown as it recovers from the shootings can call (800) 203-1234, according to the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.
Sandy Hook Support Fund
The United Way has started the Sandy Hook School Support Fund to provide help with funeral expenses, counseling and other services. Donations: Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown, Conn. 06470. More information: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org.
The family of Sandy Hook’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, created a memorial fund for the educator, who died trying to stop the gunman. Donations: Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund, CT Teachers Credit Union, P.O. Box 2121, Waterbury, Conn. 06722.