Here are three places to donate to the families in Newtown, Connecticut and to the responders trying to help them. And here are three useful articles on how to talk with your own families about what happened on Friday.
United Way of Western Connecticut, along with Newtown Savings Bank, has created the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. The fund will help provide support services to the affected families as well as the greater community.
Newtown Youth & Family Services, Inc., a nonprofit mental health clinic, is providing emergency counseling for families, community members and staff involved in the shooting. Donations will benefit those affected.
The Newtown Memorial Fund is a Facebook page set up to take donations and recruit volunteers for Newtown families and the greater community.
Mother Jones offers simple advice on helping children cope with the tragedy: limit their exposure to media coverage.
PBS has a good article on talking to children about tragedy. The main takeaway: let your children’s knowledge of and questions about the situation lead the conversation.
MediaBistro has gathered a list of books designed to help parents talk to children about tragedy and violence.