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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  1. fj

    ...and this applies to the NRA also. I know they are trying to mean well, but stop sending guns to newtown. More guns make it a more dangerous town, not safer as they would think.

    December 28, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. John

    Halt donations? You dumb northern liberals...simply give the donations to Goodwill or another organization to redistribution to other communities.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • TIMOTHY GALATAS

      Why donate these to Goodwill and Salvation Army. All they will do is jack up the prices higher than retail and sell them to the community. They don't give away anything!

      December 28, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Antunt Baguantunt

    Typical media...mention the killers name, AGAIN! Why dont you mention the victims names and stop mentioning this dirt bags name.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Wilson

    Because they're cowards who hide behind the screen

    December 28, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Canadian Jane

    I also think that giving products instead of psychological help is a typical American response, and sadly, a mere bandaid for a gaping wound. Isn't that why these things keep happening? I hope that Obamacare will improve your medical system. In Canada, we have so few of these crazy murders, but then again, we're not gun crazy, and we give our people medical and psychological help.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • U.S. citizen

      Including the ones who come to the U.S. for medical treatment.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Puddin

    It appears, by some of these comments, anything can be made into something negative such as putting people on a guilt trip for something where they meant well. The horrific shooting at Sandy Hook was so jaw-dropping that some people just felt so awful about it that they felt they just had to do something. These things sent to Newton can be passed on to others who will be very appreciative of them. Now chill!

    December 28, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Jerry

    Was there some reason to put the deranged gunman's name in this article? Keep his name off these pages, please.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. RunForTheHills

    Newtown is an extremely wealthy community. Why on Earth would anyone think to send them gifts, of all things, in the wake of this incident? They don't need gifts.

    December 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. weeknow

    I feel so alive and crying at the same time ? GOD BLESS the GOOD People ! Thank's for letting the Whole World Heal.:)

    December 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. michele

    In other words, "We still want the cash, just quit sending all these useless stuffed animals and knick knacks ".

    December 28, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Mary

    It's make better sense to send money over toys since the money can better be spent on what is actually needed. Before you go on for the millionth time about how rich this town is...I think you are all forgetting that hundreds of Sandy Hook students and staff are going to need therapy and counseling services to help them cope with what they witnessed, as well as grief counseling for the 26 families who lost loved ones. Therapy is pretty expensive even if say 100-200 or even more of the students are going to need treatment. Even if you're in a high income family, therapy bills for one patient can be quite a burden. I just hope the money is spent on some good professionals for those kids for their sake.

    December 29, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shay

      They can apply for victim compensation from their state. The state will pay for what the client is responsible for paying. =)

      January 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ricky

    send them some guns so if it happensever again next timethey could protect themselves better.

    December 30, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Diane

    I was reading many of the comments in here. Wow to all!

    December 30, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. John

    Maybe they are overwhelmed with being the middle man with all this stuff. It looks like there are literally tons of items that need to be REdistributed. That takes time & money,neither of which I would want to give up if my family just suffered this or any type of tragedy.Send prayers and money to Sandy Hook, defer all else to local charities.

    December 31, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Begum

    Families who accept donations do not do it to go on holiday or to shop,they simply will loose their will to go on for long time.how can they provide for their family if they are so traumatised ,people help any way you can because as long as our kids are in harms way of GUNSSSSSSSS,families need help.

    December 31, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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