Newtown Selectman Will Rodgers, who chairs the transition team, says donations to the United Way of Western Connecticut Newtown Savings Bank fund have ranged from $150,000 in corporate checks to pennies mailed from children's piggy banks.
It's added up to more than $8.5 million.
Rodgers says once the nonprofit foundation is created to disperse the funds, the United Way and Newtown Savings Bank will work in an advisory capacity. He notes that it will likely take a few months for the new foundation to be fully operational so that donors can be assured the money is distributed thoughtfully and in the right way.
Rodgers called the outpouring of support from around the world--remarkable.