Red Cross Helping in Connecticut after School Shooting

ERV arrives in Newtown, Connecticut
Parents should let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety.

The American Red Cross continues to provide food, water and emotional support for the community of Newtown, Conn. at the request of local authorities following the tragic school shooting on Friday.

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY Today, the Red Cross is working with state government and local partners to provide direct assistance for the affected families. This includes connecting families with Red Cross and community resources like mental health services during this difficult time. The Red Cross is also supporting a grief counseling center that is available for all Newtown residents.

The Red Cross has mobilized several response vehicles and nearly 150 trained workers to provide care and comfort for those in the affected community. Since Friday, the Red Cross has served more than 8,400 meals and snacks in Newtown.

In addition, during Sunday night’s interfaith vigil at the Newtown High School, the Red Cross handed out hot coffee, 900 blankets and 300 stuffed puppy dogs to community members and those who came to support the community, standing outside on a cold, rainy evening.

In the days ahead, the Red Cross will continue to work in close coordination with local authorities to determine how best to support affected families and first responders.

CARING FOR ONE ANOTHER A heartbreaking event like this affects not only the family and friends of the victims, but the entire community. During this difficult time, it’s important for people affected to connect with and support each other.

Parents should let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety. This is a time where people should take care of themselves and their families. For example, reach out to others to offer and receive support. People should also be careful not to overexpose themselves to media reports about the tragedy. For more information, read tips from the Red Cross on caring for your emotional health.

The Red Cross joins all in keeping the families and community in our thoughts. Right now, the Red Cross has what it needs to support response efforts. If people want to make a donation to support the affected families, the United Way of Western Connecticut has created a Sandy Hook School Support Fund. For more information, visit https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.