Five Ways to Help Newtown, CT

The little village of Newtown, Connecticut, now known the world over, is just about 200 miles from the CYM offices. 

While it is not a long drive, the people of Newtown have enough going on. The media is still camped out in parking lots and side streets. The school is still an active crime scene. Families are gathering for funerals. Strangers are coming there to pay their respects. 

It would be tempting to get in the car and see how we could help. 

But our place is here, with our families and those we love. 

Still, we long to help. To do something. 

So we are offering these suggestions, culled from conversations with local church officials at St. Rose of Lima in Newtown and from around the Internet.

  1. Pray the Rosary together as a family. This is the first request given to anyone who calls St. Rose of Lima Church (who isn't a reporter).
  2. Observe a moment of silence. The governor of Connecticut has called on all other governors to observe a moment of silence in their respective states. In Delaware, bells will toll 26 times across the state beginning at 9:30 am Friday, December 21. The CYM staff and the rest of the diocesan offices will gather together at that time in prayer. Perhaps your parish or school could consider doing the same. Read the governor's invitation online for Delaware. We have not been able to find a statement from Maryland's governor, but even without the direct invitation, we encourage parishes and schools in Maryland to join with so many others at 9:30 Friday morning. 
  3. Snowflakes for Sandy Hook: Please help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school! Get Creative!! No two snowflakes are alike. Make and send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.
  4. Cards and Coins for Sandy Hook: Students can collect spare change to support their peers at Sandy Hook. Please send contributions to “Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund” by February 14, 2013. The U.S. Postal Service has set up a post office box for the public to send its condolences to Newtown. You can send letters and cards to P.O. Box 3700, Newtown, CT 06470.
  5. Donate to Sandy Hook Families. There are countless foundations set up, charities collecting money, and people asking for donations. Sadly, not all of these are actual charities and not all the funds collected will reach those in needs. Our suggestion is that you give directly to the parish. Click here to go to the parish website and donate online.