How You Can Help Those Affected in Newtown

December 19, 2012

I will remain deeply shocked and saddened for a long time to come by the unfathomable tragedy that took place in the Newtown community last Friday. I am sure each of you has had the same reaction and would agree that there are no words to explain how difficult this news is to hear or process. All I can say is that in times like this, it can be very much a part of the healing process for each of us to help in one way or another those who were affected.

Our community is again coming together, as it always does in trying times, to support those who lost loved ones, and condolences have been offered from throughout the entire nation and world. Here are some specific ways in which we can help those who were affected by this terrible tragedy.

If you are interested in offering voluntary assistance, please call the state’s free infoline at 211 or (800) 203-1234.

In addition, it may be difficult to talk with our children about these events. The following resources can help understand how best to approach these subjects:

From the American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/aftermath.aspx

From the National Institute of Mental Health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/helping-children-and-adolescents-cope-with-violence-and-disasters-parents/how-parents-can-help.shtml

If you would like to make a donation, the United Way of Western Connecticut in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank has created the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Check donations to underwrite support services, immediate needs and funeral expenses for the immediate families of victims can be mailed to:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470

Donations can also be made online at https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/.

In the coming weeks and months, we will be helping others to cope and recover from these tragic events. Our children should be reassured that our schools are a safe environment for learning and education. I am confident that our community will come together to help support each other.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this event, I encourage you to contact my office by phone at 1-800-842-1421 or by email at [email protected]