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How you can help the Sandy Hook victims, families

Viktoria Sundqvist, The Middletown Press via Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published December 15. 2012 2:00PM   Updated December 15. 2012 2:13PM

For those wishing to help Newtown residents directly affected by Friday's elementary school shooting, the Newtown Youth & Family Services is collecting donations.

Donations can be sent via "Caroline's Gift," a fund set up in the 1990s by a local family in memory of their daughter. The Caroline's Gift fund offers financial support to families who are dealing with a child's terminal or catastrophic illness.

"Any donations made to Newtown Youth & Family Services will be donated directly to those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting," a message on the organizations website says.

Newtown Youth & Family Services is located at 15 Berkshire Road, Sandy Hook, CT 06482. For more details on how to donate, call (203) 426-8103.

Another group accepting donations is the Newtown Parent Connection, which accepts donations right on its website, www.newtownparentconnection.org. Donations can be made via PayPal or any major credit card, and the organization says all donations will be donated directly to those affected by the shooting. For further details, call (203) 270-1600.

The United Way of Western Connecticut is also accepting donations in a partnership with Newtown Savings Bank. Check donations may be mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown CT 06470, or you can drop off a donation at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location. You can also donate by credit card here: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org.

"To several staff, volunteers and contributors, Newtown is home," the United Way of Western Connecticut says on its website. "We will stand with the community and everyone affected directly and indirectly by this tragic event as we face the days and weeks ahead."

Stuffed animals are also being collected Saturday until 8 p.m. by Kiss 95.7 FM at Macy's at Westfarms Mall in Farmington for the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"Something to hold onto and hug in the wake of this tragedy," a Facebook post from the radio station says.

The radio station will also collect stuffed animals for the children on Sunday at Winterfest at Bushnell park in Hartford from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Facebook group R.I.P. Sandy Hook Elementary School Children is encouraging everyone to wear blue and yellow – the school's colors – on Monday in honor of the victims.

Those who wish to offer voluntary assistance in the wake of the tragedy should call 211 or (800) 203-1234, according to the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

Save the Children has opened a safe space at a Newtown middle school for local children where they can play and express themselves while their parents seek counseling and support, according to a statement.

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