Support for the Community of Newton, CT Shown from Across the World
Two children killed in Friday’s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton were buried Monday. As investigators seek to identify a motive for the horrible shooting and killing of 20 innocent children and six adults at the school, people from across the world are banning together and showing support for the community.
A writer from California donated $125 to the Newton General Store so 100 cups of coffee could be handed out to the people with his condolences, The New York Times reports. Peter Leone, store owner, took the lead and offered free coffee to everyone who came into the store Monday.
According to The New York Times, people have been calling the Newton General Store from across the world asking if they, too, could help the people of the community. One person donated hot chocolate and another donated $500 in food and snacks for police officers and first responders. Another person donated candy to the children and someone else donated money to cover 50 lunches.
“Everybody appreciates the kindness from people all over the world,” Ms. Ramos told The New York Times. She is putting together a list of all the people who donated through her store in the window.
At times like these, it is nice to see people coming together to help each other and to mourn such a sad and unexplainable event.
On Monday, Peter D’Amico and the town’s recreation and sports group opened the nonprofit Newton Youth Academy recreation center as a sanctuary where the community could gather and be together. The organization sent emails asking for volunteers and to notify the community that the center would be open.
By 8 a.m. the center was packed with some 200 volunteers, including high school students, the cheerleading squad, and the soccer team, ready to set up food and drinks that were donated by Newton’s merchants. Students and families began to arrive at about 9 a.m., and by the afternoon the center held about 2,000 community members.
“We certainly did not expect, we didn’t know what to expect, actually,” Mr. D’Amico said. “It’s been just unbelievable. I think the kids playing with their friends and laughing has been a great situation for them.”
Members of the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog Ministry drove from afar and brought their dogs so the children could play with them at the center.
Our hearts go out to the affected families. Such a tragic event makes the heart ache.