We asked our viewers to write letters of comfort and support to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last month and received an overwhelming response.
On Friday, we heard back from a volunteer at the Donation Center where your letters were received, thanking you for your support.
We’d like to forward that letter on to you and personally thank you ourselves, as your letters did not go unnoticed.
See the letter below:
Dear NewsChannel 9 --
I am a volunteer at the Newtown CT Donation Center, so I am not sending you this e-mail in an official capacity, but wanted to acknowledge the letters your television station forwarded to Newtown.
At the Donation Center, we have been receiving and sorting through all the items being sent to Newtown from around the world. The donation center consists of several very large rooms within a warehouse, and as you might expect, it is filled with thousands of boxes that come in daily with donations of everything imaginable. Because of the overwhelming volume of the donations, it is virtually impossible for the town or the school to acknowledge and respond to the individual donations, although I’m certain they would like to.
I am one of the individuals who opens boxes daily as they come in, and we do an initial sort of items to get them to their appropriate work station for further sorting and ultimately delivery, whether to the new elementary school, a church, fire or police station, hospital, victim’s families, etc. When we saw the hundreds of letters collected by WSYR for the Elementary School in Newtown, we were all overwhelmed. The thought and care for the people of Newtown that was expressed in those letters was unimaginable, and we were all overwhelmed reading many of them.
We will take care to see that they are sent to the appropriate place, whether to a victim’s family or the Elementary School. Many will also be on display at the Newtown Municipal Building.
Again, thank you for the incredible thoughts expressed in the letters.
Newtown Donation Center Volunteer