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How You Can Help: Operation Snuggle Newtown

Help Patch show Newtown's children the world loves them: Drop off a new teddy bear at one of our many locations.

We all had the same reaction when we first heard the news of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook School in Newtown: shock and disbelief.

And then, when the reality set in that 20 children and six adults had indeed been murdered at the school by a gunman, we all again had the same feeling — 'What can I do to help?'

Patch Ad Manager Lindsay Braun wanted to do more than watch what was happening. On Friday night, less than 12 hours after the shootings, she sent this email to her colleagues across eastern Connecticut:

"Fellow Patch Team members, As many of you are probably feeling tonight, this senseless tragedy has made us all feel helpless. I want to do something for these poor families. I will be collecting stuffed animals for the children of Newtown over the next week. ... I want these children to have something to comfort them, and something to hug in the coming weeks as this all unfolds."

And so was born Operation Snuggle Newtown.

Even though Newtown is miles from most of the Patch towns in what we call eastern Connecticut, we are all united in our feelings about what happened. Newtown is Stonington; Newtown is Avon; Newtown is Vernon; Newtown is Durham. It could be any of us going through what the residents of Newtown are going through, and through the power of Patch we want to show those folks — and especially those children — that they are not alone.

Below is a list of local businesses that have agreed to be drop-off locations for Operation Sunggle Newtown. This week, if you can, drop off a new teddy bear at any of these businesses. If you'd like, please leave a card with your name and feel free to share your thoughts of condolence. We want to show Newtown that they are not alone. 

If you are a business and would like to be a drop-off point for Operation Snuggle Newtown, please leave your business name, street address and town in the comments and we will add you to the list.

Operation Snuggle Newtown Drop-Offs

West Hartford

  • Learning or Leisure Club (LOL Club), 7 North Main St.,  West Hartford Center

Avon

  • Avon Country Deli, 136 Simsbury Road Bldg 11, Avon
Whippersnapper's Play Gym December 17, 2012 at 08:15 PM
We would like to be a drop off place for Cheshire. Thank you for doing this. Whippersnapper's Play Gym, 360 Sandbank Road, Cheshire, CT
Elissa Bass December 17, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Hi, I added Whippersnappers to this article, which is posted on Cheshire Patch: http://thelymes.patch.com/admin/articles/how-you-can-help-operation-snuggle-newtown/edit
Elissa Bass December 18, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Thanks so much to all the businesses that have volunteered to be drop-off points. We are going to close this off now, 7:30 p.m. on Monday because we don't want it to become too big — please, drop off a teddy bear or other comforting stuffed friend at any of the amazing businesses that have come forward. We will update the article Tuesday or Wednesday with more information. And you have photos of your teddys, please post them to this article. Thank you everyone!
Evelyn Brown December 22, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I feel so bad I missed out on the chance to donate a stuffed animal or something. I so want to help out for Newtown. Please let me know what I can do. Evelyn henrypbrown@cox.net
Elissa Bass December 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Hi Evelyn, There are so many ways to help! Here is a good place to start: http://newtown.patch.com/articles/ways-to-help-sandy-hook

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