The need is great in Newtown, Connecticut for the families of the victims after last Friday’s shooting. Here are a few quick ways you can help.

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SEND A MESSAGE TO THE FAMILY: You can send a message of hope and support here. Messages will be collected and given to the families.

FUNDRAISE: Within 24 hours, The band One Republic started a fundraiser for the families. DONATE HERE. or you can donate to the official Sandy Hook School Support Fund through the United Way of Western Connecticut to provide support services directly to the families and the community affected.

DONATE BLOOD: The Red Cross was instrumental for the first responders team, but it seems as though they are always just short of need. Please help the local blood bank stock reserves for a future emergency. INFO

HELP THOSE WHO ARE HELPING: Tim Hetzner and his team of comfort dogs are on the ground now bringing comfort to the community in Newtown. They are always in need of donations to continue their program. Learn More.   Listen to the podcast Mobile users listen here.

PARENTS: If you are a parent and need advice on how to talk with your young child on the events at Sandy Hook , we talked to two experts. Dr. Joshua Weiner, a child and adolescent psychiatrist based in McLean, VA. Listen to the podcast here. Mobile users listen here.

We also talked with Caroline Adams Miller, a psychologist specializing in positive psychology. Listen to the podcast here
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