A variety of local organizations and others have organized efforts to help the families affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Check donations may be mailed to:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main St., Newtown CT 06470.
Or they may be dropped off at any Newtown Savings Bank branch.
For questions about your check donation within local Newtown Savings Bank branches, please call 800-461-0672. Or, at the United Way, call David Deschenes, 203-792-5330 ext. 239, or Isabel Almeida, 203-792-5330 ext. 106. You can also donate by credit card. Go to: https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/
UCONN SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The University of Connecticut has created a memorial scholarship fund to honor those who died.
The Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Connecticut will provide financial aid for any students who currently attend the elementary school as well as siblings of those killed in the assault and dependents of teachers and other adults who also lost their lives who are accepted to attend the University in the future.
Donations will be collected through the University of Connecticut Foundation to establish a fund in anticipation of supporting the Sandy Hook Elementary students enrolled in the K-4 grades today who will be of college age beginning in approximately 2021.
UConn's Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma and his wife, Kathy, have made an $80,000 lead gift to the fund.
HOCHSPRUNG FAMILY FUND
The family of Dawn Hochsprung has established the "Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund" at the Waterbury Teachers Federal Credit Union. Hochsprung was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School who was killed on Dec. 14.
Contributions may be dropped off or mailed to the following:
Waterbury Connecticut Teachers Federal Credit Union, 773 Straits Turnpike, Middlebury, CT 06762; or 24 Rowan Street Extension, Danbury, CT 06811.
For more information, call 203-758-9500 or 800-992-2226.
The Association of Religious Communities of Greater Danbury will be available to assist local families with crisis counseling services.
To request assistance, contact Rev. P.J. Leopold at 203-792-9450, ext. 102 or by email at email@example.com
The Family Study Center in Danbury is providing art therapy groups for the students of Sandy Hook School.
These groups will be led by art therapists experienced in traumatic loss work with children and will be provided at no cost to the families.
For more information, contact Ellie Nicol at 203-778-2020, ext. 12.
The Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a nonprofit association of licensed acupuncturists, is providing trauma recovery treatment services.
All members of the community are welcome to receive free treatment. Acupressure is available for children.
Volunteers will be available in Sandy Hook beginning Friday, at 4 p.m. for free treatments at 111 Church Hill Road, across from the Newtown United Methodist Church.
Appointments are not necessary. Hours are Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Christmas Eve, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Christmas day, noon to 3 p.m. The service will continue through January. Donations are appreciated.
-- Staff reports