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. Ruth

    Newtown is a wealthy community, the don't really need money or gifts, the only thing they need is for the people of America to send a message to Washington to renew the ban on assaults weapons. The worst thing that can happen to them if no change comes from the tragic death of their beloved children. The NRA is very powerful and will fight tooth and nail to keep the gun laws just the way it is right now. Only we can influence change by pressuring our congressmen to do something about the kind of weapons Americans are able to purchase.

    December 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BobMD

    Why do people donate blankets? They're not cold.

    December 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • krg

      Seriously? Have you ever heard of the wounded warrior project? Many churches or communities make blankets to comfort our wounded soldiers. while in the hospital. Its not a cold's a comfort thing.

      December 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. laytonian

    There are some families, however, still soliciting monetary donations for themselves.
    For instance, the family that gave the nationwide press conference within 24 hours of the shootings. They have websites, and now a big fundraiser is planned.

    At some point, it becomes self-publicity and profiteering.

    December 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. laytonian

    The wristband post is SPAM

    December 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pat

    Acept what God allows you hyadnt before and now your still wont take

    December 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pat

    acept what God allows newtown because itsyou test

    December 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pat

    sad when peoplen are there for u and you turn them away

    December 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pam

    Twinkie Clark & Richard White Clean – Accept What God Allows

    December 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pam

    put it Gods hand

    December 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmynog

      "put it Gods hand"? Obviously, another mental midget.

      December 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • JW

      I'd rather trust State Farm.

      December 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      God??? How utterly pathetic.

      December 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jimmynog

    I hope the NRA sent them lots of free guns, because, you know, guns protect folks.

    December 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • sten

      bazinga. . . How amazing is it to hear that people recieving a bunch of gifts are asking for them to be given to others in need. No greed or pity they just want to help others as well how amazing and warming to know people like this still exist even with great tragedy.

      December 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      GUNS??? The fireman needs one, the milk man needs one, the paramedic needs one, the teacher needs one, the paperboy needs one, the postman needs one, the priest needs one, the lady at the cashier needs one, etc etc. There's your NRA solution for you!!! Guns for all... Stand your ground!!! KILL KILL KILL !!! Long live NRA!

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

      heres an idea, why dont you go beat your drum somewhere else? I bet you dont even care that kids were killed, its just an opportunity for you to complain.

      December 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      "jimmynog: I hope the NRA sent them lots of free guns, because, you know, guns protect folks."

      I hope the Wizard of Oz sends you a brain, scarecrow!

      December 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      I'm guessing that this is sarcasm that people arent picking up on

      December 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      They're more of a business than an organization. The NRA loves for people to own guns. The NRA loves it even more when you have to actually pay to own them because some of that revenue is bound to find its way back to NRA.

      December 29, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    Bless You!

    December 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike


    December 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kayaker

    This shooter was not "seeking for fame", as claimed in some comments here, he was much more suffering on a form of autism that regulary leads to massiv bullying and torments from earliest years on. Such extreme experiences often open out into various psychoses. To prevent such tragedies it would be very important not to hide this theme but to reseach and publish the backround of it and to diagnose and help children with autistic symptoms from as early as possible.

    December 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      sounds reasonable.

      December 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joe

    Average household income in Newtown is $109,000. Average house value is $452,000. Newtown needs and deserves sympathy and support, but they don't need mountains of Christmas presents. Give to those truly in need if you're in a charitable mood, America.

    December 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • orljustin

      Exactly. Sending "gifts" is just an attempt for the sender to feel good about themselves. There's no need there for anything material to be sent.

      December 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • marlanasirls

      Did they really say they are going to take those toys and turn them "into soil"? Wow... that is sad. I live in the most violent city in America and I know many families who were barely able to give their children Christmas this year. They are going to take these toys and basically destroy them? How about donating them to children who can actually play with them in the names of the sandy hook victims. What a total waste.

      December 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      No kidding. I was so poor I was unable to get anyone anything for Christmas. With a lot of folks out of work here in Arkansas times are really, really hard. I have grandchildren that would love some of that stuff. So surely they are not going to destroy any of that stuff. That would be awful. I know of two children who would love some of that. So yes send your sympathy, and if you must send something, donate it in the name of sandy hook to a need child.

      December 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sinnedangel

    Now here is my question. Every year, thousands of children and adults go without food, shelter, etc.. But get very little care or assistance. But holy crap if some kids get murdered (regular occurrence in every corner of the world) and now this town is flooded with gifts. I don't have a problem with it personally, but why does this not happen every day of every year? To all of those that need it on a daily basis? Instead we give to people that truly don't need them. Yet again, my heart goes out to those of Newtown, CT. But what is done is done, help those that need it now and leave those that passed in peace.

    December 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • curious

      So tell us, who is it that you are donating to? I can't stand people who respond to articles such as this by saying "WHY DONATE TO ___ WHEN YOU SHOULD BE DONATING TO ___?" Put your money (literally) where your mouth is.

      December 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
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