We are Newtown – Direct Donations to Newtown


This just came through in email from the town, it is an additional way to donate money to Newtown if you so choose to:

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE FINANCE DIRECTOR, TOWN OF NEWTOWN:
IF YOU WISH TO DONATE DIRECTLY TO THE TOWN OF NEWTOWN YOU CAN DO SO BY:
  • SENDING CHECK WRITTEN OUT TO THE “TOWN OF NEWTOWN”
  • IN MEMO SECTION (OR COVER LETTER) WRITE THE SPECIFIC PURPOSE
MONIES WILL GO INTO ONE OF TWO TOWN FUNDS DEPENDING ON THE PURPOSE STATED:
  • SANDY HOOK SPECIAL REVENUE FUND
  • Donations specified for the benefit of the town to be used for a public purpose (schools, police, parks, playgrounds, memorials, etc.)
  • SANDY HOOK PRIVATE PURPOSE TRUST FUND
  • Donations that will benefit individuals or private organizations (scholarships)
THESE (2) FUNDS WILL BE REPORTED ON THE (AUDITED) TOWN’S COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORTS (CAFR)

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

 

ROBERT TAIT
FINANCE DIRECTOR
203-270-4221
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We are Newtown – List of Donation sites


First off – this is not a all-inclusive list as it is already impossible to list them all and actually check them out to be sure they are not scams, but this list here is brief and verified as far as I was able to.

However – these are Newtown’s own, in-town charities that popped up, so I can actually walk up to people and ask them directly (if I need to). Also make it more likely that the money will go to an in-town purpose and not be used up in fees and overhead of some kind.

CT PTSA

They have created the “Sandy Hook School Fund” that goes directly to help the Sandy Hook Elementary school. For questions or to reach anyone at Sandy Hook PTA, please email us at sandyhook@ctpta.org. The Newtown community has requested monetary contributions, but we do know there may be service and product donations that will be offered.

Newtown Pride T-Shirts

The proceeds of these shorts will also go to the PTA of Sandy Hook Elementary School. They will need it to help with reconstruction, changes in lay-outs, and things that we can’t even fathom yet. Funds going to the PTA will be used for Sandy Hook school only for many years to come. Keep in mind, next year there is a batch of new kids going to that school and kids graduating – life must go on.

(hint: I went out and bought one already ….)

Newtown Strong Newtown Proud

This is my personal favorite, you might have read my last post with the email of Newtown’s own 2d Lt Kimberly West where she asked her Air Force family to donate – this is her charity of choice since it is run by former class mates of her’s. AND YES – I did donate and am looking forward to the bracelet(s) .. I don’t usually wear anything like that but I plan to send them out to friends foreign and domestic, especially to Europe where I have family and old school friends.

Connecticut School Shooting Victims Fund Started by OneRepublic

This is an Indigogo.com campaign started by the band OneRepublic. Hay, what else can I say other than my hat if off to you guys –  I was quite touched by a bunch of young guys (compared to me anyway) wanting to help and starting right that next day with some of their own money. You got to like people who put their money where their mouth is.

United Way of Western CT

They started a support fund for the families of the Sandy Hook shooting. What I liek is that they are running it through one of our own community banks here in town, the Newtown Savings Bank.

Newtown Memorial Fund

No list would be complete without mentioning this fund – another local grown one that is run by people here in town – I know some of these people ….

Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund

This is a fund created by family members of the killed principal. From what I have been able to find out it only excepts checks in the mail and has no on-line presence but that might change in the future.  Send donations to:

Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund, CT Teachers Credit Union, P.O. Box 2121, Waterbury, Ct 06722

Other Funds:

There are funds opened in the name of several of the children who we lost, it is painful even just to write their names in a blog entry …. these are the ones I know about so far, this is likely already an incomplete list by the time I post it:

 Noah’s Ark of Hope Fund

Dylan Hockley Memorial Fund

Allison Wyatt Memorial Fund

Found this in several sources, but have not yet independently verified the info: Checks should be made to Allison Wyatt Memorial Fund or, for the private family fund, 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 CT, 06518.

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!

Like I said, there are ALLOT more funds and charities out there, the majority of them will likely be perfectly legit, but check your sources, let’s not give crooks any money. and if you come across an illegitimate one – make sure you tell the authorities about it, scammers deserve to have the heaviest possible book of the law thrown at them and put away for a great long time.

Newtown Strong, Newtown Proud – We are Newtown


I usually try to keep private things out of this blog and only contribute technical content that I feel is relevant and unique. This time , however, I need to break with this premise. As some of you might know, I am a resident of Newtown, CT. The tragedy that has befallen us is something I am still grappling with comprehending, hearing the name of my town on TV and radio over and over is something I am just not getting used to – we are supposed to be the town nobody knows –  “Newtown? Newton? Where is that?”

I have been wanting to write something about this tragedy since Friday evening, but frankly – I have been struggling with the words and have just not been able to express what I feel and what all of us in Newtown feel – it defies comprehension.

Then, in comes the email that I am attaching below:  2d Lt Kimberly West, USAF, a native Newtowner born and bread and my daughter’s former math tutor. She is a great gal and all of us who know her are all very proud of her service to our country.

Kimberly felt the the need along with her old friends from Newtown High School to do SOMETHING and wrote this heartfelt email to her Air Force “family”, asking them to reach out and help. She kindly gave me her permission to duplicate/copy/post this anywhere I feel it might help. Please read to the end!

Bats and Lions,

It is with a really heavy heart that I write this email.  I’m sure many of you have been following the horrific events of this past Friday.  What you may not know is that the small town dubbed “quiet and sleepy” by the news is my home.  I grew up in Newtown, CT.  A town, until Friday, no one had ever heard of.  If you have been watching the news, you’ve met many of my friends and family, seen where I was lucky enough to grow up.

Sandy Hook Elementary was a place I didn’t know how to feel anything but safe.  The only fear I had was that Jimmy Rorck would call me four-eyes again.  Treadwell, the park the media camped out in and Lt Vance made his updates from, was where I played hours of field hockey and lacrosse.  CNN was set up by a creek that is next to a coffee shop called Mocha.  I had my heart broken there as an impressionable teen.  The beautiful church where the vigil occurred Friday night is where I had my communion, confirmation, and most importantly married my best friend.  My pastor, Msgr Bob Weiss is a family friend who was plastered all over the news.  President Obama spoke on my high school stage – the same stage I was hypnotized on for a Class Council fundraiser.

What I’m trying to say is that Newtown is my home.  It is where I grew up and learned what is was to love and be disappointed and the real meaning of friendship.  A fellow classmate said “Newtown doesn’t belong to us anymore, it has been taken from us.”  The incomprehensible actions of Adam Lanza, younger brother to my classmate –  Ryan Lanza, did something so horrendous. Two of my neighbors will never be coming home.  Young Jesse Lewis and mother of four, Anne Marie Murphy.  Jesse grew up on the horse “farm” at the end of my street.  Mrs. Murphy was a sweet woman who’s driveway was always way too long to walk on Halloween night.

My community is broken.  I’ve been in constant contact with my parents and family this weekend.  My mom tells me I wouldn’t even recognize the streets.
Newtown is a place where everyone knows everyone.  As a teen you couldn’t get away with anything.  My parents always said they had eyes everywhere – they weren’t kidding.

I really debated writing this email but have found that I feel an overwhelming sense of helplessness.  You might have seen me Friday night at the Christmas party.  My husband told me I needed to get out of the house and feel some happy.  We have a great family here in the 422/59.  It was nice to smile but hard at the same time.  But it made me realize that with your help, I might be able to do something from across the country.

I have three requests:

1)  Your prayers.  Whether you believe in a higher being or not, please continue to pray for my town and community.  We are broken and will be for quite some time.

2) Please be kind to others.  As President Obama said, we have a responsibility that we aren’t fulfilling.
This hate and violence needs to end.  Your kindness could be just what a person needs without you ever knowing.

3) Your financial help.  I hate to ask during the holidays.  This time is financially straining as is.
However, if all you can give is one dollar, that one dollar could make the world of difference.  26 families are burying their loved ones.  20 little angels are being buried far too young.  These children’s parents probably haven’t even considered burying their parents, let alone their children.  6 women were taken away from families, many of them mothers.  Their children still need to go to college and live their lives without their mom’s.

Classmates of mine set up a donation site.  On this site you can order, for $2, a bracelet that says “Newtown Strong”.  All profits go to the families.
If you don’t care for a bracelet and simply want to give, you can donate here as well.  The website is http://www.giveforward.com/newtownstrongnewtownproud.

I apologize for such a long and heavy email on a Monday morning but thank you for taking the time to read.

V/R, KIMBERLY S. WEST, 2d Lt, USAF

Operations Analyst 59th TES/EAA

Nellis AFB, NV

What touched me the most is that active duty personnel, who already serve all of us with their lives, are now also happy to help us here in Newtown in any way they can. Lets face it – we ask allot of our service men and women – and they still are willing to give. Simply awesome.

So, if you also want to be “Newtown Strong“, please donate to either this charity above (I checked it out) or to any other one you feel comfortable giving to. Then you too can join us and say “We are Newtown” . . .

PS: Feel free to link and cross post, the more the merrier!