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Newtown Residents Band Together To Raise Funds For Families Affected By Violent Rampage

Unidentified people react to the aftermath of  the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Unidentified people react to the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEWTOWN, CT(CBSNewYork)Parents of children who survived Friday’s shooting a Newtown elementary school have banded together to take action and help their friends and neighbors. The group has created a fund to help provide “immediate and continuing support” to the families of the victims.

Rebekah Harriman-Stites, one of the organizers of the “My Sandy Hook Family Fund” called it a “neighbor to neighbor effort”.

“We know all these families personally. Our kids play together. They’re on sports teams together. We go to church together. And everyone is asking: How can we help? The Fund allows everyone with a burning need to “do something” to help take some of the burdens off of these families in their time of incredible pain. This is one way we can direct resources in a meaningful way,” she said.

The fund began as a response to the loss of Jack Pinto, 6, a Newtown youth wrestler. Members of the Newtown Youth Wrestling Association began working on a plan to help Jack’s family, and realized that they could extend their reach to impact all of the families affected by the shooting, according to a press release.

Over the weekend organizers cooked and delivered warm meals to victims’ families and began working on airline and hotel accommodations to bring long distance relatives to Newtown for funeral services.

Donations can be made at the My Sandy Hook Family Fund website.

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