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NEWTOWN – Since the tragic
shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, the American Red Cross has
provided food, water, emotional support and other services to the affected
families and emergency responders.
“We are deeply saddened by this terrible
event and our hearts are with the affected families,” said American Red Cross
Regional CEO Mario Bruno. “The Red Cross is working closely with local and
state government officials to assure that we are providing the right types of
support, where and when they are needed.”
Since the shooting on Friday, the Red Cross
has mobilized several response vehicles and more than 160 trained workers –
most of them volunteers -- who have served more than 15,600 meals and snacks in
Newtown. Sunday night, Red Cross workers handed out nearly 1,000 blankets, hot
coffee and more than 1,200 stuffed animals at the Newtown High School where
hundreds of residents waited outside in a cold rain to participate in an
interfaith vigil. Red Cross mental health workers were available to offer
support – sometimes as a compassionate listener and sometimes to simply hold
The Red Cross is supporting a grief
counseling center for the public and working with state government and local
partners to support affected families through activities such as connecting
families with resources like mental health services.
“A heartbreaking event like this affects not
only the family and friends of the victims, but the entire community, and we
encourage residents to take a moment to protect their own emotional health by
connecting with and supporting each other,” said Bruno.
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 both offer and receive support. People should also be careful not to
overexpose themselves to media reports about the tragedy. More detailed
information on emotional recovery is available at http://www.redcross.org/find-help/disaster-recovery/recovering-emotionally.
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