| Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. Dec 17 It's easy, after an
earthquake or a hurricane, to show that you care. You can send
drywall and diapers, or at least money to buy them, and ease the
pain of fellow citizens in the path of destruction.
But when people are dealing with child-killing horror, as
they are following the Friday school shooting in Newtown,
Connecticut, it's harder to help your neighbor. The houses of
the afflicted are still standing; they still have their jobs and
their infrastructure; it is their hearts that are broken.
You still can help.
Local counseling services are working overtime; families
must still pay bills while they take days off work to arrange
the unthinkable -- funerals for their young children. Many
families of the victims are already thinking of starting
memorial funds in their children's names to provide scholarships
and meet other needs when the immediate crisis has passed.
But remember that in the wake of tragedy come many good acts
and a few scams. So donate through long-standing and well-known
organizations or wait long enough to check the bona fides of a
Here are some ways you can contribute.
-- My Sandy Hook Family Fund (here)
Set up by the parents of children who survived and other
locals, this fund will help with funerals, as well as ongoing
living expenses such as food, mortgage payments, daycare,
insurance and fuel until they are back on solid ground.
-- Newtown Memorial Fund (here)
A new fund founded by Brian Mauriello, who describes himself
as a long-term Newtown resident and a parent, to pay for
short-term expenses as well as a memorial and a
multi-generational foundation fund for the Newtown, Connecticut,
community. He is seeking board members.
-- Sandy Hook School Support Fund (newtown.uwwesternct.org/);
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470
This fund was set up by United Way of Western Connecticut
and the Newtown Savings Bank to provide support services to the
affected families and community. Among other efforts, it will
support day and night walk-in hours at the Newtown Youth and
Family Services Counseling Center