NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Officials in Newtown, Conn., are asking people to stop sending gifts to the grief-stricken community following the deadly school shooting, saying they’re deeply grateful but can’t handle the donation deluge.
The town’s first selectman, police chief and mayor made the request Wednesday through an editor at The Newtown Bee newspaper.READ MORE: Who Is Cuomo's Possible Successor, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul?
They said since a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators on Dec. 14, gifts including artwork, school supplies and blankets have arrived from around the world.READ MORE: Third Accuser Reportedly Comes Forward, Says Gov. Cuomo Acted Inappropriately At 2019 Wedding
They said the small community’s ability to process, store and distribute the goods was quickly overwhelmed.
The officials are asking people to temporarily stop sending gifts and instead distribute them locally in memory of the victims. They said once they process the “warehouses full of items,” they’ll detail the best ways to help.MORE NEWS: COVID 1 Year: CBS2 Speaks To Mount Sinai Doctor Who Diagnosed First Case In New York City
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