GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn-- In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting many Minnesotans have been reaching out and looking for ways to support the Newtown, Conn. community as they mourn the deaths of the 26 victims killed on Friday. Here are some ways to help:
- "Smiles for Sandy Hook Elementary: A Minnesota Children's Art Project" will bring Minnesota children and their families together at the Bloomington Theatre and Arts Center to create small, one-of-a-kind pieces of art which will be given to Sandy Hook Elementary in hopes of bringing a bright, happy light back to the halls of the school.
The event, which will take place from 10am to 2pm on December 22nd, 2012 is an open-door event, prepared to handle hundreds of children and their families as they visit the art center, make unique works of art and create smiles for the children of Sandy Hook Elementary.
- The U.S. Postal Service has established a unique post office box to allow the public to send condolences to those affected by the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., last week. Those who wish to send expressions of comfort should address them to:
Messages of Condolence for Newtown
P.O. Box 3700
Newtown, CT 06470
- You can also send words of support and messages for families affected in an evergram. They will be collated and given to the families in the future.
- 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.
- The Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund has raised more than $73,750. The school PTA will administer the fund, which will provide counseling to survivors, pay for funeral expenses for victims, create a scholarship fund for the school's students and fund a memorial.
Donations: Newtown Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 596, Botsford, Conn. 06404
- 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.
- The family of Olivia Engel, 6, created the Friends of the Engel Family Fund. On its Facebook page, a relative says the fund will be used to help the family financially. The family plans to meet this week to decide how to use the donations for a tribute or effort in Olivia's name that will have a more lasting impact.
- The family of Emilie Parker, 6, created the Emilie Parker Fund to raise donations to help her parents, Robbie and Alissa, take time off from work to be with their two younger children, and to help with funeral expenses and airfare to the family's home state of Utah, where they will have Emilie's funeral and bury her.
- The family of Noah Pozner, 6, created Noah's Ark of Hope Fund to provide counseling, education and basic needs for his four siblings.
- The band OneRepublic has also started a fund to raise money for those affected. You can find details on how to donate to OneRepublic's fund here.
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