Newtown, Conn., overwhelmed by gifts

More than 200 teddy bears and other stuffed animals crowd a line of tables in a Monroe Congregational Church building Dec. 17, 2012, in Monroe, Conn. (2012 file, Chris Dunn / York Daily Record, Associated Press)

Officials in Newtown, Conn., are pleading with the world media to get the word out that the community is overwhelmed with the flood of non-monetary gifts that has poured in since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 people on Dec. 14.

John Voket, associate editor of the Newtown Bee newspaper, recently wrote a letter on behalf of the police chief, school superintendent and others, saying the community is unable to accept any more goods and that it must “temporarily halt any further dispatching of goods to the community, its schools, churches and nonprofit organizations.” They ask that “items already collected be distributed within the areas or communities of origin with Newtown’s deepest gratitude” and in memory of the victims.

Go to Newtown Savings Bank for information on donating to the Newtown-Sandy Hook primary relief fund.