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What’s My Stake in Sandy Hook?

Lots of folks have been deciding since December 14, the terrible day at Sandy Hook Elementary School, what to do in response. Say a prayer? Reach out and express support to the town? Help a particular family? Get behind an effort to control rapid-fire weapons?

Rachel Sagan of Acton-Boxborough (MA) United Way posted this, for folks wanting to make a contribution to a Sandy Hook town fund: In response to the horrific acts of violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, United Way of Western Connecticut, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank, has established the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Donations will be used to provide support services to the families and community affected by this tragedy. Online donations can be processed at https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/.

Chronicle of Philanthropy posted this link to an article on funds started by individuals in the Newtown CT area to help families more directly. Note: In most cases, these are not 501(c)(3) IRS-approved organizations with tax-exempt status. State of Connecticut agencies are keeping a mindful eye on these funds, watching for scams. Proceed with caution: More Than a Dozen Charities Created to Aid Conn. Shooting Victims: http://philanthropy.com/article/More-Than-a-Dozen-Charities/136375/?cid=pt&utm_source=pt&utm_medium=en

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence http://www.bradycenter.org/about/bio/sarah is a website you might want to visit and consider affiliating with, if you want to join an organization working to control access to weapons in the United States.

There are many ways to pitch in. Pick the approach that works best for you!

Ann Curry of NBC has beet tweeting @AnnCurry about random acts of kindness, and lots of folks have been following her fine example.

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