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Newtown tragedy: How you can help

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There are several ways you can help the Newtown victims' families.

First, if you are unable to donate money to one of the funds listed below, consider an "act of kindness" for your community. Here are some ideas.

The United Way of Western Connecticut has set up a fund to provide services for the victims' families as well as the entire Newtown community.

Check donations may be mailed to:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470

Also, the Newtown Youth and Family Services is providing counseling for the Newtown community.

The Newtown Memorial fund is taking donations for the families and community.

There's now a place where you can send sympathy cards and care packages to the victims' families in Newtown, Connecticut.

The US Postal Service now has a post office box dedicated to the town.

If you'd like to send your own condolences, the address is:

Post Office Box 3700
Newtown, Connecticut 06470

The Newtown post office is expecting an enormous amount of mail.

UConn sets up scholarship for Sandy Hook students

The University of Connecticut is creating a scholarship fund for students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

The Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund will help pay college costs for Sandy Hook students who choose to attend UConn when they're older. Siblings of the student victims and children of the adult victims also will be eligible. The awards will be need-based.

Donations will be collected through the University of Connecticut Foundation. A spokesman says the foundation hasn't set a fundraising goal and will decide later whether the scholarships can cover the students' entire college costs.

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma and his wife have donated $80,000. The university says 650 other individual donations have been received in the fund's first 24 hours.

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