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. wilson

    The victims families need money not trinkets and cute gifts that express sympathy.

    December 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Grumpymedic

    Newtown, keep collecting the donations. Start giving the excess to other victims of gun violence. You have the ability to do so much more than just for your own community.

    December 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ccampa

    One more time fot those who refuse to learn...COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL HAD AN ARMED GUARD DURING THE MASSACRE IN 1999. THIS DOES NOT WORK!!!!
    My question is: Are these people as stupid as Sarah P. or they just dont listen or read...

    December 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dogbreath

      So since the guards were not able to stop the punks at Columbine, no armed guard anywhere can possibly have any chance to stop a massacre? Is that really what you're saying? Because that's pretty frigging stupid. We might as well get rid of all our cops and security guards everywhere then.

      December 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • skuv

      My question is: Are this people that are purposefully misleading other people by leaving information out just trying to push an agenda or what?

      December 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jovan Bregu

    The problem is a multi-problem I believe.
    It started with Adam's state of mind, which in my opinion, was created mainly by lack of love around him. I hated him first for what he did, but I feel sorry for him now. Imagine, living a life around a control-freak mom, with no friends whatsoever. In this case, money did not buy him happiness. He wasn't denied mental health treatment – remember, this boy came from a very wealthy family.
    Now that he has such an unfulfilled life, (no friends, no love), he is filled with hate all around him, and to make things worse, he has been exposed to assault type weapons.
    The other problem is that this boy with hate, and exposed to weapons, has even easy access to them.
    Then he went to an unarmed place, with innocent children and unarmed women.
    The combination of all the above, resulted in such a horror to all those victims, their families and the rest of our society.

    It started with a woman who was a control-freak and paid more attention to her money and weapons than giving love to her semi-needy son.

    December 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. X

      Believe it or not, in most of these weird cases mom's are to blame. And for making such miserable mom's responsibility goes to their is a woman thing.
      This possibility cannot be argued as even if someone notices these disorders in some women, their relatives and close friends will be in denial.
      [I will be reminded to take my medicines for making these statements]

      – Dr. X

      December 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. robin

    Virginia Tech had an entire CAMPUS POLICE DEPARTMENT and responded to the first shooting; however, did not put police on the rest of the campus where the shooter enter another building where the majority of students a faculty were killed.

    December 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hammer

      And stop exploiting the news and the lives of those children for you personal political gain.

      December 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      robin, this is NOT about Virginia Tech. Take your political agenda somewhere else.

      December 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ajac09

    as I said before they did NOT need this stuff. They needed emotional support and love not stuff. They are a RICH community and people should have donated to there locals that could have used this.

    December 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • jkjINnyc

      I'm sure they'll defer a lot to other communities. People were so hurt by this. They just wanted to do something. I get it.

      December 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oj

      Exactly. It's just a feel good move for the giver. 'Oh, I did something. I mailed a blanket to them.'

      December 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Expat214

      I really wish that folks who choose to post comments would learn the difference between there, their, and they're. It's really not difficult.

      December 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack, it's no difficult. And it's not important either. This is a blog, not a grammar lesson.

      December 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • cwrighta70

      Oj, that's ridiculous. I'm sure that most people who sent gifts were overcome with sadness for the parents and families of those little ones. They probably wanted to do SOMETHING to bring a little happiness into their lives, but were maybe so far away from Newtown that there was little they could do. I think it's a great testimony to the kindness of people that so many responded and wanted to help.

      December 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Expat214

      Good grammar is credibility, particuarly on the internet. It is also more effective, more efficient, and more pleasing to communicate with a person who understands proper verbal and written communication than it is to try to decipher it from someone who treats it as a second language. That's what makes it important and relevant.

      December 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark


      December 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vested

      Good grammar is credibility, particuarly on the internet.

      There are four grammatical errors in this one sentence. So much for your credibility on the internet.

      December 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Expat214

      Perhaps you could indulge us all and describe the four errors you allege.

      December 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • krg

      My husband's military unit collected teddy bears to send to the children, but we were aware if they had too many, they would probably give them to the police department / social services, or other departments who could use them. I think people wanted to feel like maybe they could bring a little happiness into a tragic situation.

      December 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Swansy72

      I'd like to know the four errors as well. I can only see three:

      1) "Particularly" is spelled wrong.
      2) Incorrect usage of a conjunctive adverb ("particularly" should have been prefaced with a semi-colon)
      3) "Internet" should be capitalized.

      What's the fourth?

      December 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Binion

      Haha, come on Expat... I agree about the usage of "there," "their," and "they're," but unfortunately your grammar is pretty bad two (<- sarcasm).

      December 28, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Andy

    I wish the shooter's name wasn't mentioned. It gives him the glory he hoped for.

    December 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • hello

      You said it Andy

      December 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • p

      all indications are that the shooter wanted NO notoriety, he destroyednhis computers and left no notes or anything. he wanted tondo this butnleft no footprints as to the why and whioe i am sure his reasons can be uncovered, itsnobvious that glory and infamy had nothing at all to do wi it

      December 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diego Homans

      He's dead, Andy. Not enjoying a lot of glory.

      December 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kneesus

    How do you know the person posting is a liberal? Aren't you now trying to exploit this for your conservative agenda by somehow using this to bash liberals? The polarization in this country is sickening.

    December 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Reasonable Question

    So, if the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, what stops a bad guy with a gun and full military body armor?

    December 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • WOw

      I want to know what is going to stop 600,000 people from dying each year from heart disease? How do we get them to put down the soda and hamburger?

      December 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blair

      A headshot.

      December 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      A head or grion shot. The head shot is quicker but if you are a bad shot aim for the grion. Lots of major blood vessels and will cause the target to bleed out pretty quick.

      December 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spendlove

      A 30mm cannon round... that'll penetrate any body armor known to man.

      December 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • SideOfBacon

      he was in nothing more than a utility vest with multiple pockets sold at any sporting goods store. original reports released were mistaken about the vest being bullet proof.

      December 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Melissa

    I'm sad for you Reef.

    December 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Judy

    It's simply human nature to want to send forth goodwill after such a horrid event. Don't condemn goodhearted people for that. That said, let's hope those many stuffed animals and extra funds can help others elsewhere who surely can use both. People, when you post so angrily at each other, don't hide behind a screen. Likely your hostility would dissipate very quickly if you met each other in person.

    December 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hottentrot

    Keep the gifts which are still coming in for the next town! You and I know that it is only a matter of time before another shooting will occure somewhere. Not even in the wild west did teachers carry guns. He who reaches for the gun will die by the gun. The 2nd Ammendment was written at a time when there was perhaps a good reason to have a gun in the home for protection against the Brits, but now? We have far too many mentally ill peope walking the streets of America to allow guns in public. There are millions of nut cakes out there in America who could snapp at any moment.

    December 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • justinr808

      Hottentrot, please remember that the 2nd ammendment was not to protect ourselves from the Brits, since we had already won the revolution, and were in process of setting up a new government. It was to protect ourselve from that very government that we were creating. The nut cakes you refer to are as thick, if not thicker, in government as they are in the public. Which I believe solidifies the need to keep our freedoms. Gun laws have not prevented these tragedies, and they will not in the future. However we should be unwilling to sacrafice our rights for the illusion of safety, especially out of fear. Additionally, we should remember that our forefathers believed the bill of rights to be inalienable – meaning that these are rights that we are born with and supercede our government, our goverment should not be able to eliminate these rights... Only we can give up what we are born with... our freedom to think, our freedom to protect ourselves, our freedom to be. Please don't make me a smaller percentage of people willing to say, this is my right and you cannot take it away. Don't act from fear, especially based on thier propaganda.

      December 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA

      The 2nd amendment was written to protect the citizens against a tyrannical government. If the citizens are armed the government has a harder time taking complete control, you know like Hitler did when he disarmed Germany or Hussein, Stalin, Lenin just to name a few dictators of the past. But maybe you're right, maybe it was just thrown in there because of the Brits back in the day.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Assi

    The fact that they are overwhelmed by the amount of gifts and support received just shows that we aren't in as bad of a state as we think. 1 person does something evil and thousands respond with good.

    December 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. I Feel Bad

    Here's stuff

    December 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |


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