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. seriously67

    I can't believe how many people are posting that none of these families need monetary donations. Yes, the average income in that town may be around $110,000....but that's the AVERAGE...meaning there are many that make more and probably a whole lot more that make less, and now these parents are trying to pay for a funeral. I'm sure any money donated would be appreciated for those that don't earn the AVERAGE in that town!!!!!

    December 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      You know what else is average? your stupid comment.

      December 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • what

      Tom, we can only hope one day your level of intelligence approaches average.

      December 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously67

      Tom.....Your comment didn't even make any sense! Wow....I guess you are showing your intelligence!

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

    There are many organizations you can donate money to that will help families in Newtown. This would be a great alternative to the mounds of teddy bears they are receiving.

    December 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kk

    I wonder if the village where 10 Afghanistani girls were blown up by a landmine while trying to collect firewood (Dec 17) are getting an iota of the same support. They certainly aren't getting the media coverage.

    December 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • gopack52

      Really, you want to go there kk??? What are YOU doing to care for Afghan orphans, at the expense of American citizens??? Do tell, please!!! :-/

      December 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • curious

      How much have you donated to the families of those Afghan girls? Oh that's right.... all that you've donated is your stupid comment to this thread. Unfortunately this donation is way too worn out, so we aren't going to be able to accept it.

      December 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarai

      Of course KK... because they don't happen to live on our particular land-mass and they're brown, they don't matter.

      December 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Leah

    A high school classmate lost her 5 year old in a drowning at a local pool over the summer and within a few days of starting a donation site for funeral expenses had received well over $100,000 before they made it so you couldn't see the amount donated anymore (and yet they were still asking for money). This was a local news event, and for a tragedy of this magnitude I can't even imagine how many millions have already been donated. Give your money and gifts to the needy.

    December 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. goat

    How sad..... Thousands of Americans are homeless and without food or clothing, and all this extra food and clothing is being sent to families who are already well taken care of. Talk about having messed up priorities....

    December 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • clarke

      you don't get it, do you. I am sorry,

      December 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JinNewtown

    The info in this clip is important but not totally correct. The items in the warehouse will not be composted, only the items left at the makeshift memorials. Thanks.

    December 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. clarke

    Everyone means well and it comes from their hearts, but these poor people need a time out, they need to rest, they need to grieve, They need time to try and heal one day at a time. They are in such a state of shock. They need prayers.

    December 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CaesarXIII

    These people don't want your "gifts or money". They want to be left alone. The last thing I'd want after losing a child that way is news cameras up my p-hole and people sending me things to help cope. Materialism doesn't fill the empty void of losing your child. Money will never fill that hole. Leave these people alone and have some respect for them.

    December 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jesse

    I really take exception to people that preach to me who, how& when to donate to a cause. It really is none of your business and you go right ahead and donate to your hearts desire. But quit trying to shame people to your cause; it's tacky and certainly counter productive.

    December 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Aric

    Where do all of the goods that are donated during Christmas really go? How much ends up in landfills and abroad? Stop giving things and do something useful.

    December 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah


      December 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • lemx0

      are you kidding? do you have no soul? clearly theyre going to the kids in the town. shut up.

      December 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • hazyjoe

      i get where theyre coming from, but accept it and after what is done, DONATE whatever you havewhatever FOR GODS SAKE JUST RELIZE WE ARE ONE, NO DIFFERENT THANT THAN THOSE NO ANNOYING WASP

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

      People should donate to something else if they are passionate about change now. Gun reform, mental health reform – something that will help change things that need changing.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Torgo

    Anyone feel like leaving these people alone yet?

    December 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. shaynermaven

    All the funerals were paid for; none of the 26 families had to pay to bury their loved ones.

    December 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      Well that's a relief.

      December 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brubaker15

      Such a deal.

      December 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Captain Obvious

    Guess how much the NRA donated? $0.00.

    December 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • heygenisus

      captain obvious im the nra and i donated

      December 27, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • mddong

      hey genius he's talking about the NRA as an org, not you as an individual

      December 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Bowen

      Why would the NRA be required to donate money?

      December 27, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Oblivious

      Would it have mattered? If they would have, you still would have called it a slap in the face to the people of Newtown.

      So would have been lose/lose with most of you no matter what the NRA did.

      Anyway, without demeaning this horrific tragedy, did the NRA commit the murders? Did they pull the trigger? Did they leave those weapons accessible to that psychopath?

      The answer to all those questions

      Maybe Mama Lanza's entire estate should have been donated to those victims' families. That would have seemed more fitting, don't ya think?

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

      The NRA promised to help the victims and survivors ensure that something like this can never happen again and what do they do instead?...scapegoat! If you're a member of an organization that involves handling of a dangerous weapon...your focus should be on enforcing responsibility...not enforcing increased weapon sales.

      December 29, 2012 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Patrick

    Tell the whole story CNN. MSNBC is reporting that they're turning down gifts after being traumatized by so many sick Republicans and NRA members sending their REMAINING children toy guns for Christmas presents.

    December 27, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruthPlease


      December 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • dmdpt

      umm.. no they aren't.

      December 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troll Detector

      Do you get pleasure out of trolling threads about horrific tragedies?

      December 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tobarass


    December 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
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