Connecticut Town in Mourning Inundated with Gifts, Money

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut town in mourning over the loss of 20 children and six school workers in the December school massacre has been overwhelmed by gifts from across the world.

Three more funerals are being held today. Services were scheduled in Connecticut for 7-year-old Josephine Gay and 6-year-old Ana Marquez-Greene. A service is also planned in Utah for 6-year-old Emilie Parker.

Meanwhile, more than $2.6 million in donations has poured into Newtown's official memorial fund. Hundreds of thousands of dollars also have been collected in private fundraisers to pay for funerals, memorials or even a new school to replace Sandy Hook Elementary where the shootings occurred just over a week ago.

Saturday, all the children of Newtown were invited to an event to choose from among hundreds of donated toys. The local United Way is asking people to stop sending toys and, instead, do charitable work or make a donation in the victims' names.


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