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How to Help Families Affected by Newtown School Shooting

People all over the world, including people in Plymouth, want to know how to help Sandy Hook residents following Friday's horrifying mass shooting. We've compiled a list of ways you can help.

Updated, 4:44 p.m.

For a list of the charities identified by families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, click here.

Updated, 12/17, 3:37 p.m.

The U.S. Postal Service has set up a post office box for the public to send its condolences to Newtown. You can send letters and cards to P.O. Box 3700, Newtown, CT 06470.

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In the wake of the unimaginable tragedy at Sandy Hook School Friday people from all over the world—in Connecticut, California, Canada and much farther away in Australia and India—sent an outpouring of support and want to know how they can help.

If you want to be notified via email of ways to provide comfort and support during this difficult time, please post in the comments section: "I want to help."

Patch will continue to update this article with ways to help—posting updates to the story as well as in the comments thread, triggering an email notification to commenters—and if you know of an organization or fundraiser providing assistance, let us know in the comments section, too.

Already the United Way of Western Connecticut, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank, created the Sandy Hook School Support Fund to help provide support services to the families and community that are affected.

Check donations may be mailed to: 

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT  06470

If you have questions on the fund, you may call 800-461-0672.

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A former Sandy Hook Elementary School student named Ryan Kraft, also a longtime neighbor of the Lanza family, posted a Local Voices blog on Newtown Patch saying he set up a fund to help heal his community.

The link to the fund site is here — http://www.crowdrise.com/SHSRelief — and according to Kraft, all monies are directed toward the school's PTSA organization.

Helpful Links

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More links to Newtown Patch’s coverage here:

  • Reaction: Sandy Hook School Shooting
  • Police Raid Sandy Hook Home Hours After Shooting
  • [PHOTOS] Newtown School Shooting

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Kyle Cerminara December 18, 2012 at 02:06 AM
I want to help
Lisa Furgison December 18, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Great to hear Kyle. I think a lot of people are looking for ways to help. I hope the list offers a few ideas.
Susan Davies December 19, 2012 at 04:45 AM
i want to help.

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