My heart goes out to everyone in the Newtown community. I pray that everyone finds peace in this time of sorrow and I hope the families know that the victims will never be forgotten.
But even in tragic times, I find that good does prevail. Here are just a few ways you can get involved to help the community of Sandy Hook rebuild and move forward. If you have other recommendations, please send them along/comment below and I will add them to the list.
RUN FOR THE CAUSE
5K Run for the Children of Sandy Hook
A group of individuals in Connecticut are organizing a road race to honor the children and teachers who lost their lives. As of now, it appears there will be a local race as well as a virtual race so everyone can get involved. Thanks to Meals and Miles for the heads up on this!
Strides for Sandy Hook 5K
On January 19, 2013, the first annual Strides for Sandy Hook 5K will be held to raise funds for a memorial that will be dedicated to the victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Registration will open soon.
THE GIFT OF TIME AND GOODWILL (FREE WAYS TO HELP)
Online National Sympathy Card
This online sympathy card with all signatures will be delivered to Newtown community officials in 28 days. More than 1.7 million people have signed so far.
26 Acts of Kindness
Not everyone is in the position to donate money, and if you're not in Connecticut it may be hard to donate time. You may have seen a movement on Twitter for everyone to commit to 20 or 26 acts of kindness to honor the victims. To see what others are doing, check out the #20Acts and #26Acts hashtags on Twitter. Thanks to Ali on the Run for the heads up on this!
MAKE A DONATION
The United Way has started the Sandy Hook School Support Fund to provide help with funeral expenses, counseling and other services.
Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund
The Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund has raised more than $73,750 to date. Donations will be used to provide counseling services, assist with funeral expenses for victims and create a scholarship and memorial fund for Sandy Hook students.
Newtown Parent Connection
This organization is providing resources, including support sessions, to the Newtown community. All donations to this fund will go directly to those affected by the shooting.
The Good Dog Foundation
The Good Dog Foundation is providing therapy dog services to those affected by the tragedy in Sandy Hook. They currently have more than 1,000 active teams that will remain in Newtown indefinitely.
VICTIM-SPECIFIC MEMORIAL FUNDS
Emilie Parker Fund
This fund was created by Emilie's parents and will be used to help the family financially as they take time off work to be with their two younger children. Donations will also help with funeral expenses and airfare to the family's home state of Utah, where Emilie's funeral will take place.
Friends of the Engel Family Fund
This fund was created by the family of Olivia Engel and will be used to help the family financially. A tribute to Olivia that will have a more lasting impact is also being planned.
Noah's Ark of Hope Fund
This fund was created by the family of Noah Pozner and will be used to provide counseling, education and other support/needs for Noah's four siblings.
Dylan Hockley Memorial Fund
This fund was created by Dylan's family and will be dedicated to help children with autism and special needs.
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Memorial Fund
This is a memorial fund created by the family of Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung.
SHOP FOR THE CAUSE
Consultants have teamed up to help the surviving children from Sandy Hook Elementary return to school by pledging to have a Scentsy Buddy sitting on the desk of each student following the holidays. The Scentsy Buddies are currently buy one, get one free, so any purchase will help two students at Sandy Hook Elementary. A Scentsy consultant who teaches at Sandy Hook is collecting the donations and all hostess rewards will also be donated to the cause. For more information, please contact Ranae Rusk. Thanks to Skinny Runner for the heads up on this!