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How You Can Help: Operation Snuggle Newtown

Help Patch show Newtown's children the world loves them: Drop off a new teddy bear at one of our locations.

 

We all had the same reaction when we first heard the news of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook School in Newtown: shock and disbelief.

And then, when the reality set in that 20 children and six adults had indeed been murdered at the school by a gunman, we all again had the same feeling — 'What can I do to help?'

Patch Ad Manager Lindsay Braun wanted to do more than watch what was happening. On Friday night, less than 12 hours after the shootings, she sent this email to her colleagues across eastern Connecticut:

"Fellow Patch Team members, As many of you are probably feeling tonight, this senseless tragedy has made us all feel helpless. I want to do something for these poor families. I will be collecting stuffed animals for the children of Newtown over the next week. ... I want these children to have something to comfort them, and something to hug in the coming weeks as this all unfolds."

And so was born Operation Snuggle Newtown.

Even though Newtown is miles from most of the Patch towns in central Connecticut, we are all united in our feelings about what happened. Newtown is Stonington; Newtown is Avon; Newtown is Berlin; Newtown is Durham. It could be any of us going through what the residents of Newtown are going through, and through the power of Patch we want to show those folks — and especially those children — that they are not alone.

Below is a local business that has agreed to be a drop-off location for Operation Snuggle Newtown. This week, if you can, drop off a new teddy bear this business, by Friday. If you'd like, please leave a card with your name and feel free to share your thoughts of condolence. We want to show Newtown that they are not alone. 

If you are a business and would like to be a drop-off point for Operation Snuggle Newtown, please leave your business name, street address and town in the comments and we will add you to the list.

Operation Snuggle Newtown Drop-Offs

Berlin

  • Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday this week.
Mary McNelis December 17, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Please add Good Cause Gifts, 150 Mill Street Berlin, CT 860-828-1752 to your drop off list. We would like to help in anyway we can.
Elissa Bass December 18, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Thanks so much to all the businesses that have volunteered to be drop-off points. We are going to close this off now, 7:30 p.m. on Monday because we don't want it to become too big — please, drop off a teddy bear or other comforting stuffed friend at any of the amazing businesses that have come forward. We will update the article Tuesday or Wednesday with more information. And you have photos of your teddys, please post them to this article. Thank you everyone!

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