Sandy Hook Elementary - Victims Relief Fund set up by former SHS student and Lanza family neighbor

Sandy Hook Elementary - Victims Relief Fund set up by former SHS student and Lanza family neighbor

Hi everyone,

My name is Ryan Kraft, and I've set up a relief fund for those affected by the tragic events of December 14th, 2012. As a former Sandy Hook Elementary student and a long-time neighbor of the Lanza family, I felt compelled to create some mechanism for people to try to help heal this community.


Here is the link to the fund site:





The funds are directed to the school's PTSA organization. Please help in any way you can.

Here are some ideas that have come in on how to use the funds:

1) Counseling for the survivors (children and families)

2) Funeral expenses for affected families

3) Scholarship fund supporting students at Sandy Hook Elementary


So far we've raised nearly $27,000 in just one day. If you can help in any way, please do.


Thank you,


Ryan Kraft

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Mary B. December 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Also play doh, kids scissors, small jars of paint.
Michael M. December 17, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Hi Mary B. So far I have collected Crayola sets of markers, crayons and coloring books. I also have large quantities of 9x12 sheets of paper... I'm expecting more of similar items in the coming days - would this be accepted? Thanks for the response.
Ashley Alcott December 19, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Anyone looking for a way to help the families that were affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary should consider attending the benefit dinner I am hosting along with some of my fellow Quinnipiac students. It will be on January 3, 2013 at 7:00pm at Woodwinds in Branford. All proceeds will go to Newtown Youth and Family Services to help the affected families cover the cost of grief counselling. More information and tickets can be found at www.hopeforsandyhook.com
brian m January 06, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Ryan, I have searched and tried to find a way to contact you directly. Our fund is receiving several checks made out to your relief fund that we cannot deposit in good faith, and perhaps you're receiving some to ours as well (although you may be 100% online). Please go to our site at www.newtownmemorialfund.org and use the contact us form page or the email address listed there and our volunteers will direct your email to me, so that we can work out how to get your fund all these checks made out to your fund. Thank you. Brian Mauriello, Founder, Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc.
Jonathan Walz February 24, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Where are these funds really going? I don't understand why SHS needs a relief fund when all the victims (less family and friends) are already in heaven where it doesn't cost anything to live. Please note that I know all too well the loss of a child as I too lost a son years ago. Granted it's nothing that can be brushed under the rug, it's not a feeling that can be washed away with any word one person or thousand people might have to say and it takes many years to even begin to spell out the word healing. It's when I see people on television trying to capitalize on a horrible disaster or horrible loss of a life that a questions their integrity in my mind. It just seems so wrong that all these funds are being snatched up and who knows if someone might be taking advantage of the situation, the tragedy and the loss of each of these victims. If I'm wrong for speaking out, please feel free to correct me and if I owe anyone an apology please accept it and I'll explain after the fact. My words are not to hurt anyone because the pain has only just begun as it comes back every holiday, every anniversary, every birthday and every time you think of the ones you love that are no longer with us here on earth but instead, in a much better place. Granted, I know that's a difficult pill to swallow and it took me over five years to speak with anyone about my loss our loss. God bless you all.


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