December 27th, 2012
09:20 AM ET

Newtown overwhelmed by gifts, asks for temporary halt of donations

An outpouring of support and gifts for Newtown, Connecticut, in the wake of a mass shooting has forced the town to ask for a temporary halt in donations.

"Our hearts are warmed by the outpouring of love and support from all corners of our country and world," Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra said. "We are struggling now to manage the overwhelming volume of gifts and ask that sympathy and kindness to our community be expressed by donating such items to needy children and families in other communities in the name of those killed in Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14.

"Thank you for understanding our message of appreciation and our need to now defer gifts to others in need."

The town has received worldwide support after Adam Lanza opened fire on Sandy Hook Elementary school, killing 20 children, six school employees and his own mother before taking his life.

People can still donate through the Sandy Hook Donations Fund, maintained through United Way of Western Connecticut.

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soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. Nancy

    It is a welcoming gesture, if you can donate gifts in loving memory of the children that lost their lives to this tragedy

    December 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. myrnashreve

    Here is something meaningful we can do.

    In memory of those precious children needlessly killed in Connecticut, give yourself, your family, your neighbors, citizens of our country a wonderful gift. In their memory we can all read for free LIBERATION FOR THE NATION by searching on Google for the following blog: liberatenation dot wordpress dot com where the free book resides. The book tells of a way we can have an appropriate interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, a way to never again have a fiscal cliff issue, a way to reclaim our country from the rule of money, a way to have health care for all United States citizens, etc., etc. Yes, there IS something WE, all of us, can do! We can FIX our broken government! We can FIX our government in celebration of our living children!

    December 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Canadian

    The gift I would like to give to the victims, their families and the American people is one I cannot give;
    A sane approach to gun ownership in the USA.
    As a Canadian I can only wish that this actually happens. I cannot make it happen Americans need to do it.
    Seek out your local politicians both Republican and Democrat and ask them to COOPERATE instead of grandstanding. Disregard the NRA they are funded by the American Military Industrial Complex and will never back down from their current ludicrous stance.

    December 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Bowen

      We don't wish to become and easily conquerable nation like Canada. Canada nor Mexico have anything to thwart other nations from attacking like the US does for Canada and Mexico. You're riding our coat tails so if we lose our guns, you lose your security.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    Aside from flowers and cash donations to help with burial expenses, what in God's name can you give to a family that has lost a child to violence?

    December 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Todd

    I understand the desire to do something (anything) to help these families. But realistically – these people just don't need clothes or toys. It's a financially wealthy town. The funds to buy material goods like this are not what's missing.

    Donating money for funeral expenses was a nice gesture, but now what these people need is to be left alone.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gina

    Why are people donating toys to people who's children were murdered?! That just seems so inconsiderate and downright mean. I get the monetary donations but the image at the top of the article shows boxes of stuffed animals and toys that's messed up.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • me2

      Gina, it may come as a complete shock to you but there are still children living in Newtown. Some of whom are forever traumatized by this experience. Why did your mind take you to the place that made you think these toys were for deceased individuals? That would be the "messed up" thing.

      December 28, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Global Warming

    I'm confused... who where all these gifts for? One teddy bear or blanket... geez one million dollars wouldn't bring them joy, they just lost a child. By the news, the People of Newtown knew how much we cared and how much we felt their pain. useless crap, I feel sooo bad for mother earth.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Moonshyne

    Why don't they SELL the excess gifts and give the money to the families?

    December 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lowell

    Please exclude the killers name from future articles – he doesn't need to be remembered

    December 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John

    My donation will be to make sure the Homeland Securiry money goes to bullet proof the school where I live and instal a metal detector. If Homeland Security had done it job and made it to where breaking the glass wasn't all you had to do to get into Sandy Hook this never would have happened to begin with.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnotherJohn

      your Homeland security tax dollars will go to eventually pointing assault weapons at you and your children while you are herded into modern day American Concentration camps.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Can't even write properly or spell, but you have elementary school security ALLL figured out. Great.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      Locking down schools isn't really in the mission description of Homeland Security which focused more on immigration laws, securing borders, cyberspace security, etc. They do have a mission to prevent terrorism, but in the more legal sense of acts of terror used by affiliated groups in order to coerce change in social, civil, or foreign policy, which doesn't include random acts of nutjobs.

      December 28, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Vesstair

      ... He used a gun to SHOOT out the window to open the door.

      Personally, I think there must be a more effective way to deal with the situation than by making all outward facing glass in schools bulletproof.

      December 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lee

    Why not send a donation to a Children's Hospital like St. Jude's Cancer Center? There are so many families and children suffering in so many ways.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      That is a great idea & a truly loving thing to do to honor these victims who either were or loved children. I hope many people do this!

      December 28, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mark

    Yeah, I can see where all hose stuff animals and toys will really help the survivors.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Troy

      Exactly what I was thinking. What is this, a natural disaster??

      December 28, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. MFromMN

    Brook – that is a LIE. There were NO armed guards at Columbine. How sick of you to make up facts when children died. Sick!

    December 28, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Binion

      Actually, you are 100% incorrect. There were armed guards at Columbine... with guns. Do some fact checking before you want to demonize someone's comment.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • lifetimestudent

      Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff Neil Gardner was assigned as a uniformed, armed officer at Columbine High School. He actually exchanged fire with Eric Harris.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • NickinCO

      Neil Gardner was stationed at Columbine, but WAS NOT THERE the day of the shooting. Please do a simple Google search or read below.

      December 28, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • LesMoore

      @Nick in CO – This is from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept website:

      "On April 20, however, Deputy Gardner and campus supervisor Andy Marton, an unarmed school security officer employed by the school district, were eating lunch in Gardner’s patrol car. They were monitoring students in the “Smokers’ Pit,” a spot just to the northwest of campus in Clement Park where the students congregated to smoke cigarettes."

      December 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. popcorn

    SANTA CLAUS have more TOYS NOW!!!

    December 28, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. infonomics

    Typical stupid Americans. Really, who were those to benefit from those stuffed animals? The dead children? No, it was opportunity to feel good about yourself. Stupid and selfish.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      That was very immature of you

      December 28, 2012 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • VladT

      Survivors? Children whose friends just died? Other children in the town?

      Yep, its us "Americans" who are stupid and selfish.

      December 28, 2012 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Not a single child in the US will benifit from these toys but the Chinese peoples in China will.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • BostonMonkey

      I 100% agree. Candles, toys, stuffed animals, flowers... That money wasted could've been pit to better use! What the hell good does that stuff do?

      December 28, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • southpaw1953

      info......
      glad your not an American.......................

      December 28, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      How small does one have to be, how insecure and angry themselves, to mock others for charitable acts?

      December 28, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      Tell us infonomics, what brilliant and undeniably appropriate tribute have you made? You make a valid point but de-legitimize yourself by the way you chose to express it. No, some of these gifts will not do much more than to let the people of Newtown know others feel their pain and hope that their small tokens of sympathy might help ease some of that pain. I don't think stuffed animals were intended to apease the parents or spouses of the victims for the loss of their loved ones. Should we send a Candygram?

      December 28, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • mizh

      Stupid Americans? In which perfect country do you live? I love these comments, most of the time people bashing America and its citizens would dearly LOVE to live here... their hateful comments reflect that. Give it a rest infonomics.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • csy

      so enlighten us then....what do NON-americans do instead in tragedies like this?

      December 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
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