This morning we sent flowers to the wake of one of the Sandy Hook Children. It was one of Addy's clients who lost his beautiful Grandson to this horrific event.
His name was Jack Pinto.
People all over are doing wonderful things for these children, and their families.
What can we do?
Sending flowers seemed so small.
Everything seems so small.
But then I remembered a quote, an old favorite from Mother Theresa, "We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love."
And so there is this:
The Paper Hearts Project:
"In memory of the recent tragedy in Newtown we are hoping to come together as a community in the thought that “those children are our children” and show the people of Newtown that we are in this together. So many of us watched the news with broken hearts and a feeling of helplessness. Here is the opportunity for all of us to show our love for Newtown, to let them know they are not alone. To let them know as they piece their lives back together that we are there to shed tears with them, prayer with them, and help in anyway we can.
Also if you would like to send donations that will help provide support, and help ease the families financial burdens after such a tragedy, these seem to be the most local places to donate to:
Here is what you can do: Cut out a paper heart, decorate it, and write a message of love (positive messages only please). Address them to Hearts of Hope and send one or many and mail them to:
Newtown Congregational Church, UCC
14 West St, Newtown, CT 06470 or
First Church Congregational, UCC
148 Beach Rd, Fairfield CT 06824
We are going to take these hearts and cover Newtown with our love from around the world. We are going to take these hearts and hang them up in local businesses, churches, and banks so that no matter where the people of Newtown go they will be surrounded by love and reminded that from hate rises love and support. That humanity is still very much alive and if we band together with love and hope in our hearts we can accomplish so much more. It really does take a village..."
We have been getting many Emails on Who to Make Donations to. I am providing a Few organizations directly from Newtown. I urge you to visit the website and read ALL of the information provided before Donating. I have also provided Phone Numbers and Address Information Per organization for your convenience.
*** I HIGHLY Discourage you to Donate to any other Private Links that have been circulating around & run privately Online through Fundraiser websites by other people. While I am sure these lovely people have good intentions with this, these have been provided DIRECTLY from Newtown. ****
* Newtown Youth & Family Services
Contact # 203-270-4335
Address: 15 Berkshire Road
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
**Donations can now be directly made to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Please visit: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/
*Newtown Parent Connection
Contact # 203-270-1600
Address: 45 Main Street PO Box 187
Newtown, CT 06470
**ALL DONATIONS MADE TO THE NEWTOWN PARENT CONNECTION WILL BE DONATED TO THOSE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE SHOOTING
*Newtown Savings Bank
Contact # 800-461-0672
(Check Donations Only) Please call the number provided for other means of payment.
Check donations may be mailed to:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470
****Questions have also been asked if The Fire Department & EMS personnel are Accepting Donations to their Local Fire Department, and the answer is YES. I spoke to them directly by phone and they are accepting them through Postal Mail at the Address below. Also there contact Number if you would like to call them. Very Nice Wonderful people.
Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue (SHVFD)
P.O Box 783
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
Contact # (Non-Emergency) 203-270-4392
Together we can send such love and outreach in a time that feels like what we can offer is so very small.