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Donations to help after Newtown shooting being spent

The United Way of Western Connecticut has set up a $200,000 fund to meet immediate needs in Newtown, separate from the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. 


The Fund has a balance of $8.5 million.


Newtown Selectman Will Rodgers, who's chairing the transition team to deal with donations to the Fund, says there will be guaranteed public input.  He says that's one recommendation the group received from others affected by similar tragedies.


Rodgers says the Foundation will also serve as an umbrella organization for groups or charities that might find themselves overwhelmed what they've undertaken.  He says groups that set out to help but are hearing about tax and regulatory implications would give the money to this Foundation.  The Foundation would then dedicate it right back to them for distribution.


United Way CEO Kim Morgan says they set up the other fund to maintain the intent of the original one.  Some of the $200,000 will be used for first responders, teachers and others who lost wages. Some is being used for youth programs and for mental health services for those affected by the tragedy. 


The fund has already been used to buy two-way radios for Newtown teachers.

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