A Holiday Help Update and Ways You Can Help Newtown

First, a holiday help update:

A family needed more help that just my family could give (and be able to still help others). We also had only 36-hour before the big bill was due. All I could write back yesterday was: We’re going to help you, but I need time to figure out how.

Around the same time, I got a text from a long-time friend in New York: “Sometimes having money to pay your phone bill or fix your car makes all the difference in the world – this I know first-hand.” And asked to contribute money.

I couldn’t ignore the timing, so against my own “PS” in my original post, I agreed to combined our money.

But the family lives 1500 miles away, and the bill is due at midnight tonight. They didn’t use paypal, and all the other options I could think of had fees.

However, I know one freader who lives in their city.

This one person with so much to do already answered my email last night and agreed to meet this family with the cash that I paypal’ed to her this morning.

I know many faiths were shaken less than a week ago, but “coincidence” seems a little too easy on this story.

Either way, people are amazing.

Thank you.

NewtownRibbonHowever, I don’t want y’alls money though so keep being amazing by helping Newtown, Connecticut… my friend’s friend B has a son who is in 2nd grade at Sandy Hook Elementary and posted these ideas:

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook
Please help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school! Get Creative!! No two snowflakes are alike. Make and send snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514, by January 12, 2013.

Coins for Sandy Hook
Students can collect spare change to support their peers at Sandy Hook. Other fundraising ideas include Walk- A -Thons, Spirit Days, Pajama Days, etc. Please send contributions to “Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund” by February 14, 2013.

Ongoing Fundraising Efforts 
Donations are being accepted indefinitely to the: “Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund” to support the ongoing needs of the Sandy Hook Community. Send checks to “Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514.

For questions or to reach anyone at Sandy Hook PTA, please email us at sandyhook{at}ctpta{dot}org. The Newtown community has requested monetary contributions, but we do know there may be service and product donations that will be offered. For service or product inquiries, please contact newtownboe{at}gmail{dot}com.

Newtown Savings Bank Sandy Hook School Support Fund
In order to provide support services to the families and community of Newtown in light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook School, Friday, December 14, United Way of Western Connecticut in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank has created the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

Check donations to underwrite support services, immediate needs and funeral expenses for the immediate families of victims can be mailed to:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470

Donations may also be dropped off, beginning Monday, December 17, at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location.

Credit card donations may be made at

I grew up with the friend who sent me these, but I did not verify them personally. I will add more as I get them.


More ideas:

If you knit or crochet, my friend, Abby, is participating in Scarves for Sandy Hook.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

4 thoughts to “A Holiday Help Update and Ways You Can Help Newtown”

  1. L and I will be making some snowflakes. Since he’s only 4, I’ll only tell him they will make some people happy. He doesn’t know anything about what happened and I he doesn’t for a long time.

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