The Board of Directors and volunteers of Pawling Public Radio mourn the unspeakable loss of life in our neighboring community of Newtown, Connecticut. We mourn with our fellow citizens of Pawling, the greater community of our country, indeed the community of the world. We mourn the loss of innocents and the loss of innocence.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Newtown, and most especially to the families that must somehow move on from this heartbreaking tragedy.
As a community and as individuals watching this senseless tragedy unfold, we yearn to help. It’s what we do as humans and citizens of this great country.
Find out below how the area’s nonprofits are getting involved in the relief effort and how you can help:
Newtown Youth and Family Services
Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc., a nonprofit mental health clinic, will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for emergency counseling for families, community members or staff involved in the Sandy Hook
Elementary school tragedy. All donations made to the organization will benefit those affected. Find out how you can help here.
Newtown Parent Connection
The Newtown Parent Connection, a nonprofit that addresses issues of substance abuse, also offers bereavement group counseling on the first Wednesday of every month. The organization is going to try to bring in additional counselors to accommodate the needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook shooting. Find out how you can help here.
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross of Connecticut immediately responded to the shooting scene and provided more than 50 units of blood platelets and plasma to the Danbury Hospital, where some of the victims were transported. The aid organization has also distributed food and water to first responders and is setting up a family reception center that will provide initial grief counseling. The aid organization is not seeking blood donations at this time and doesn’t anticipate any additional need. Learn about how you can help here.”