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This weekend was extremely rough for everyone, including the Morning Show. Personally, I spent most of the weekend watching the news and crying. Although I have no children of my own, I do have a 4-year-old niece who means the world to me who I talk to on a daily basis.

My sister also works in Newtown and I’m originally from Connecticut. You just never imagine that something like this could happen in, what is, your own backyard.

On the show today, we had several people on to help us make sense of that which is completely senseless.

Firstly, we spoke with Bob Vandepol, president of the Crisis Care Network, who helped us understand how we should discuss this with our children…

We spoke with Maureen Karins, a nurse who rushed over to Sandy Hook after she heard about the news. Her compelling story included reactions from the children that she helped lead across to the fire house…

Nick Casale of Casale Associates told us just how safe our children are in schools and what can be done to make them safer.

We spoke with Rhonda Martin, a Board Certified Clinical Counselor, who helped us figure out how to move forward and told us what we can do to help prevent this from happening again in the future…

And, lastly, we spoke with our listeners – moms and teachers – about how they’re dealing with this Monday morning…

SANDY HOOK TRAGEDY: Ways to Help Those Affected

  • Sandy Hook School Support Fund: Provides support services through United Way’s Western Connecticut chapter. Make out checks to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main St., Newtown CT 06470. Make an online donation HERE.
  • Danbury Hospital: Has set up a 24-hour crisis hotline. Donate directly HERE.
  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund: A former Sandy Hook student has set up a Crowdwise account to raise money for those affected by the shooting. Proceeds will benefit the Sandy Hook PTSA. Donate directly HERE.
  • Newtown Memorial Fund: Aims to help families pay for funeral costs. Donations may be send to Newtown Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 596, Botsford, CT 06404.
  • Newtown Youth & Family Services: All donations made to the organization will benefit those affected by the shootings. The non-profit will also provide emergency counseling for families, community members and staff involved in the tragedy. Mail checks to Newtown Youth & Family Services, 15 Berkshire Rd. Sandy Hook, CT 06482.
  • Emilie Parker Memorial Fund: Family and friends of the Parker family have set up a Facebook page and PayPal account to help pay for the funeral of six-year-old Emilie Parker. Learn more HERE.
  • Project Linus: This nonprofit has arranged to send more than 700 handmade blankets to children affected by the shootings. Donate directly HERE.
  • American Red Cross: More than 100 Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 400 stuffed animals to children attending Sunday night’s memorial service. The organization is asking supporters to reach out to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund HERE.
  • Support the Family of Noah Pozner: Sympathy cards supporting the family of six-year-old victim Noah Pozner may mailed to: Friends of Maddie 1534 North Moorpark Rd., Suite 284, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.

    (List via Huffington Post)

–Craig Lenti, Fresh 102.7

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