How to Help Families Affected by Newtown, CT School Shooting

People all over the world want to know how to help Sandy Hook residents following Friday's horrifying mass shooting.

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.


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—crowdrise.com/SHSRelief—and according to Kraft, all monies are directed toward the school's PTSA organization.

The funds are directed to the school's PTSA organization. Please help in any way you can.

Here is the link to the fund site: 


The funds are directed to the school's PTSA organization. Please help in any way you can.

Helpful Links


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


Annie Alley December 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I want to help - Annie@alleybc.com
Suzi Banks Baum December 17, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I want to help. suzi@laundrylinedivine.com
E Baird December 17, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I'm representing my company,in Norwalk. We have about 30 employees, and if there is anything we can all do to help, please let me know as I will coordinate it on my end. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.
penny woebbeking December 17, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I want to help... I am a mother of four and a mother of many in our community. My heart is filled with strength to support the families in your town. Please inform us of what you may need. We are a small town but might in unity for families and children. My faith and love goes out to the families and school. I have deticated my life to children for 25 years and will continue. Althought hard but I see all these little ones now angels looking down and still blessing this town with thier gifts of songs arts outdoor play and the smiles that warm your hearts. For the loss of the adults they are with your young ones still guiding and educating them.. thier honor is unmeasurable. Gob bless all of you and I am praying for and your community.
Sarah Colontonio December 17, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I WANT TO HELP. I live in Mahopac, NY, not too far to travel to Newtown! Sarah.colontonio@gmail.com
AMA December 17, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Someone should start a fundraiser to specifically raise money for a new school.
Sarah Colontonio December 17, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I would like to collect donations, toys, baked good ect... Is there an address I can drop them off to?
karl hinkley December 17, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I want to help nowearera@gmail.com
jane benson December 17, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I want to help. jane.benson@formanschool.org
Jaime Zebroski December 17, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I'm a Family Crisis Therapist trained in counseling children and families and would like to help. Please email me at Jaime.Zebroski@state.de.us
Carla Altomer December 17, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I want to help. carraturo@kashpc.com
Jennifer Spaeth December 17, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Ii want to help
JVLS December 17, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Dear God, May you give CT families the space to grieve. May you help them find peace to heal . May you guide them to find the comfort they seek. May you give us the ability to understand right from wrong. May you help us to seek the good and not the bad in this life. May you guide us to speak in truthy and love. May you give us the wisdom to face this tradgedy with grace. May you help all our leaders to have the courage to stand up for what is right. May you guide all our leaders in how to react to this tragedy. May God be with our nation as we walk through this tragedy. This is my Christmas Prayer for our nation and the world. And that is all I have to say about that.
Afrin Huq Khan December 17, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I want to help. afrinhuqkhan@gmail.com
stephen zuccato December 17, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I would like to help...is there anything we can possibly do to help the community in person? Maybe on Christmas eve? Possibly help the children who lost their siblings by writting to them or organizing days where young adults can spend time with them by doing fun activities play sports with them, maybe not right away but in the future basically to give them a shoulder to lean on...srzuccato@yahoo.com
Janelle Marchand December 17, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I want to help
Michael Parker December 17, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 05:53 PM
A scholarship fund may be set up in the name of one of the children. Details here: http://patch.com/A-0x12
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I would suggest calling the Sandy Hook Support Fund at 800-461-0672. They would likely be able to direct you to other people planning initiatives.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I would suggest calling the Sandy Hook Support Fund at 800-461-0672. They would likely be able to direct you to this information.
David Muse December 17, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I want to help!
Sara Lucibello December 17, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I want to help
Kristen Pennell December 17, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I want to help
Gary December 17, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I want to help
Megan Thompson-Munson December 18, 2012 at 12:13 AM
I want to help!
Cameron angel December 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I want to help and could be in the area over the holidays please let me know anything I can do volenteering.
Candice McConnaughey December 18, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I WANT TO HELP in person any way that I can!!!!
Debra December 19, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I want to help. I can give of my time to help those in need.
janice scott December 19, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I want to help
Jamie Littlefield December 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I want to help


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