User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


34° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Business

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Helping Newtown Families

December 19, 2012, 9:50 PM by Angela Kennecke

Helping Newtown Families
SIOUX FALLS -

The Connecticut school tragedy does inspire people to give. But as we've seen all too often after terrible events, it's also inspired con artists to try to take advantage of your good intentions.
 
The Better Business Bureau has received reports of fake charity solicitations that claim to be on behalf of the victims' families. And the BBB wants you to know what charities are reputable and how to give to them. 

When it comes to helping the Sandy Hook victims' families, it's always best to go with what you know. The United Way of Connecticut has set up a fund to take donations for counseling and to meet the families' other needs.

“But they're not charging a fee on that, where sometimes for all those there's a fee to start a fund and a fee to administer a fund and United Way isn't doing that.  This is truly a gift to that community to begin to help them heal in whatever way that is," Jessie Schmidt of the Better Business Bureau said.

The Newtown Rotary Club has also set up a foundation.

“Those are organizations we know in those communities that are solid and have been around a long time and nationally have good reputations; the United Way and Rotary Club," Schmidt said.

There are also dozens of other organizations taking help for the families. Before you donate to any of them, go to Give.org or check out the charity's website directly. 

“But we always want to caution at this time that for every good intention out there, there's always somebody willing to capitalize on somebody else's terrible misfortune. That's really our caution and the caution of the BBB to really only give your money to those organizations you know are genuine in the support of the tragedy that has happened to this community," Schmidt  said.

KELOLAND News has also vetted a number of these organizations for you and we've put a list on the Back to Business page; as well as the address for the Connecticut fund. If you can't donate money, you can send a card or letter directly to the town.

Letters can be sent to the address below:
Messages of Condolence for Newtown
PO Box 3700
Newtown CT 06470

Sandy Hook School Support Fund:
C/O Newtown Savings Bank
37 Main ST.
Newtown, CT  06470
United Way of Western Connecticut 
Newtown Rotary Sandy Hook School Fund

If you have any questions please call:
United Way of Western Connecticut
(203) 792-5330

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View business

You may also like

Vern Eide Pays It Forward For Thanksgiving

11/22/2014 6:34 PM

Closer to home, families are out buying turkeys as we are less than a week away from Thanksgiving.

Full Story
Chris Tomlin & Rend Collective Coming To PREMIER Center

11/25/2014 11:04 AM

Some of the biggest names in Contemporary Christian music are coming to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

Full Story
Downtown Delicatessen Ready To Reopen

11/25/2014 2:20 PM

A downtown Sioux Falls delicatessen will re-open just in time for the holidays.

Full Story
Some Online Shoppers Pay More Than Others

11/26/2014 9:57 PM

A lot of people will chose to skip the lines on Black Friday and opt for Cyber Monday to order their gifts online. 

Full Story | Watch
Pierre, Fort Pierre Grocery Stores Being Sold

11/28/2014 6:29 AM

Rapid City-based Lynn's Dakotamart is buying grocery stores in Pierre and Fort Pierre.

Full Story


Events