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This Holiday Season, Skip Buying That Extra Gift And Help Some Newtown Families Instead

We often feel powerless, trapped all over the country, with no way to really help the victims of tragedy. However, the kind folks at Act MTV provided us with these six generous ways to help the Newtown community.Please consider making a donation. And then share this, so others can help as well.

This Holiday Season, Skip Buying That Extra Gift And Help Some Newtown Families Instead

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The country is still feeling shock, sadness, anger, and disbelief after the school shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut last Friday. We have more ways you can help the victims and families involved.


If You Want To Donate To A National Organization

The United Way of Western Connecticut got right to action. Any donations made to the organizations's Sandy Hook School Support Fund right now will go to those affected and help them with their health as well as education costs and income stability. “We will stand with the community and everyone affected directly and indirectly by this tragic event as we face the days and weeks ahead," the organization said in a release.

If You Want To With Help Their Wellness

While the actual shooting is over, an incident of this caliber can leave many people feeling mental and emotional anguish, particularly those who witnessed what happened and those who lost loved ones. Newtown Youth and Family Services, a nonprofit mental health clinic, has opened its doors for families involved, students and school faculty, and also community members. If you make a donation now, it will go specifically to help the people affected by the shooting. They recommend that families and businesses donate to United Way's fund which we mentioned above but you can also mail donations to the offices to help with family and youth services:

Caroline's Gift
15 Berkshire Road
Sandy Hook CT 06482

If You Want To Show Support On FB

Since you’re going to be on Facebook anyway, why not use the opportunity to give emotional support? Shortly after the tragedy, the R.I.P. Sandy Hook Elementary School Children page launched on FB, and you can offer your sympathy and support. This way those hurting from the shooting will know they’re far from being alone. The group already has more than 200,000 likes.

If You Want To Send A Note Over The Internet

If you want to give personalized support off Facebook, please send a message by making an Evergram. With an Evergram you have the option to send a text, audio, or video greeting and it's easy to do. After a bunch of these personalized messages have been collected, they will be given to the Newtown community.

If You Want To Help With Funeral Costs

The fact of the matter is that funerals are expensive, and if families aren’t expecting funerals in their near future, as the families of Sandy Hook weren't, they might not have the money handy. So The Newtown Memorial Fund has stepped in to help with funeral bills. In addition to that, they want to make a community-wide memorial and a college scholarship fund.

If You Appreciate Musicians Who Give Back

It's great when celebs like musicians use their fame for a good cause. After hearing about the shooting, the guys of OneRepublic knew they could use their names to help, so they set up a Connecticut School Shooting Victims Fund. They've already surpassed their goal of $50,000, but that doesn't mean you can't still give. Funeral costs, medical costs, therapy costs... this stuff adds up, and OneRepublic knows the families have enough to deal with without worrying about money, too.

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Love is what united Marie-Claire and David Archbold, who met while taking a photography class. "We went into the darkroom to see what developed," they joke—and after a decade of marriage, they know firsthand the deep commitment and connection romantic love requires.

All photos courtesy of Marie-Claire and David Archbold

However, their relationship became even sweeter when they adopted James: a little boy with a huge heart.

In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

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We're redefining what normal means in these uncertain times, and although this is different for all of us, love continues to transform us for the better.

Love is what united Marie-Claire and David Archbold, who met while taking a photography class. "We went into the darkroom to see what developed," they joke—and after a decade of marriage, they know firsthand the deep commitment and connection romantic love requires.

All photos courtesy of Marie-Claire and David Archbold

However, their relationship became even sweeter when they adopted James: a little boy with a huge heart.

In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

This sweet story is brought to you by Sumo Citrus®. This oversized mandarin is celebrated for its incredible taste and distinct looks. Sumo Citrus is super-sweet, enormous, easy-to-peel, seedless, and juicy without the mess. Fans of the fruit are obsessive, stocking up from January to April when Sumo Citrus is in stores. To learn more, visit sumocitrus.com and @sumocitrus.

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