How to Help CT Shooting Victims and Your Community

Last Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary left 26 dead, including 20 children. It also left us searching for answers - and ways to help.

No matter where you live, the people of Newtown need you. Honor victims. Support their families. Strengthen your own school and community. In the face of unspeakable tragedy, here are some ways you can help love prevail.

Send a prayer
Young people have sent DoSomething over 50,000 messages of support. Text HOPE to 38383 to send yours and see it on our prayer map. You can also visit and like the RIP Sandy Hook Elementary School Children Facebook page. It is both tragic and powerful, heartbreaking and uplifting.

Run a donation drive
Gather donations of goods to send to Newtown. Choose a starting and ending date. Pick a specific item and set up a donation location at your school: stuffed animals, children’s blankets, letters, or paper cranes. You could compile a scrapbook of photos and poems. To make donations, call the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection at (800) 203-1234.         

Hold a vigil or moment of silence
Choose a location everyone knows, like the flagpole or football field. Get permission from your school or local officials. Bring small candles - cups, too, if it’s windy. Provide markers and paper for people to write messages of hope. Take photos and post them on social media to spread your support.

Strengthen your school
Talk to your principal and teachers about your school’s plan in case of an emergency. That could be any emergency: evacuation situations, fires, and natural disasters. Make sure your school has a “safe school drill” or “lockdown drill.” And make sure all students know the plan of action. Everyone should feel safe, and everyone should be prepared.

Talk to your school counselor
People all around the country - even those not directly affected by the shootings - are feeling scared and upset. If you’re one of them, talk to your school counselor, a teacher, or a trusted adult. If you’re worried about a friend, you should tell someone, too. Make sure you're taking care of yourself and the people in your life. 

Text HOPE to 38383. Check out our prayer map to see what others as saying. GO