Half of $25 Million Donated After Newtown Paid To Families, Survivors


About half of the $25 million raised in response to the Newtown, Ct., school shooting has been given out, with most going directly to survivors and families of the 26 fatal victims, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School caused an outpouring of financial support from across the U.S., and more than 70 groups—some registered as nonprofits, some not—received donations.

About $10 million has gone out to the families of 20 first-grade students and six adult school employees who were killed by Adam Lanza, who took his own life. About $3.5 million has helped cover utility bills, lost wages, mental-health services and therapy dogs, among other things, according to surveys submitted to the Connecticut attorney general’s office and the state Department of Consumer Protection. Of the remaining $12 million, about $1.5 million will go to scholarships, much of it earmarked for Sandy Hook Elementary School students and to be paid out over the next 15 to 20 years when they enter college.

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