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2012-12-31 04:56:22 PM
Newton, CT officials: "Please stop sending us stuff"

Makes sense.  It's probably earmarked for Newtown, instead.
 
2012-12-31 05:03:34 PM
Somebody send subby a w
 
2012-12-31 05:31:03 PM
I have been sending them vials of my semen so that they can make replacement children.  That's still OK, right?  Otherwise I gotta start sending it to Brooklyn Decker again
 
2012-12-31 07:28:44 PM

OtherLittleGuy: So much this. The money on teddy bears alone could probably finance new books and related supplies for Sandy Hook Elementary for the next year.


The median income in Newtown is over $100,000 per year. I'm sure they can afford their own textbooks.
 
2012-12-31 08:51:35 PM
Good to see everyone coming together tho, tbh. Restores my faith in humanity.

/off to the politics tab!
//AGGHHHH!
 
2012-12-31 08:52:25 PM
I don't understand the point of sending donations to begin with.
 
2012-12-31 08:54:18 PM
I sent them some nice coffee mugs. You know, cuz everyone should have nice coffee mugs.
 
2012-12-31 08:54:39 PM
Seriously.

Enuff with the stuffed animals.

What are we to do with this stuff?

Give it to whom, all tainted and shat?

We bless your hearts for sending, but, seriously?

Send sanity.
 
2012-12-31 08:55:08 PM

Popcorn Johnny: I don't understand the point of sending donations to begin with.


Yeah, not be insensitive, but this wasn't a natural disaster. The only things they are missing cannot be replaced.

Other than the national equivalent of sending over a hot dish, there is not much we can offer.
 
2012-12-31 08:56:13 PM

Popcorn Johnny: I don't understand the point of sending donations to begin with.


This is my line of thinking as well. The cards and well wishes in the first couple of days are ok but the tons of toys and other temporary feel good items could be better spent on people who actually need the stuff.
 
2012-12-31 09:00:14 PM

phlegmmo: Newton, CT officials: "Please stop sending us stuff"

Makes sense.  It's probably earmarked for Newtown, instead.


Sorry, but packages in motion tend to stay in motion.
 
2012-12-31 09:00:14 PM
This happens after every tragedy. We send a bunch of stuff because he don't know how else to help. These incidents tend to happen for a reason but it's usually a reason that is difficult to deal with so it's much easier to throw some money or a bunch of flowers and feel good having "done something" instead of actually doing the hard work of determining the factors that lead to the tragedy and making them less likely to cause trouble in the future.

Even in natural disasters, which for the most part can't be prevented, we have a hard time making changes that would reduce the impact in the future. It's easier to take some old pants that have been in the to-be-donated pile next to the door for a year, and drop them off at the local radio station's Crazy Joe and the Morning Mayhem Team "show them we care" donation drive than to ask why so many houses we built in a twenty year floodplain. Or in this case, deal with all the factors that cause this country to have mass shootings of the kind that are more common in Pakistan than in developed nations.
 
2012-12-31 09:01:16 PM

Pfft!: Good to see everyone coming together tho, tbh. Restores my faith in humanity.


Why? Because people feel guilty? They aren't doing it out of altruism. They have been emotionally manipulated into donating because it makes the feel like they've done something meaningful. Really they've just wasted their money.
 
2012-12-31 09:01:31 PM

bikerific: The only things they are missing cannot be replaced.


The gunshots probably did some damage to the school, but I'm sure there's a perfectly fine Home Depot or Lowe's nearby with plenty of supplies for that.
 
2012-12-31 09:02:11 PM

phlegmmo: Newton, CT officials: "Please stop sending us stuff"

Makes sense.  It's probably earmarked for Newtown, instead.


Send us Xbox shiat. Preferably signed by the developers.
 
2012-12-31 09:02:44 PM
Pretty sure there are still people displaced by Hurricane Sandy could use your money if you're feeling generous.

Hell, there are people from Katrina still trying to get their damn lives together.

And if none of them want it, Haiti is still a shiathole.
 
2012-12-31 09:05:14 PM
NEVER!!!!!!
 
2012-12-31 09:07:14 PM

Cluckity: Pretty sure there are still people displaced by Hurricane Sandy could use your money if you're feeling generous.

Hell, there are people from Katrina still trying to get their damn lives together.

And if none of them want it, Haiti is still a shiathole.


But katrina and haiti are black people problems and who cares about them?
 
2012-12-31 09:08:55 PM

fusillade762: OtherLittleGuy: So much this. The money on teddy bears alone could probably finance new books and related supplies for Sandy Hook Elementary for the next year.

The median income in Newtown is over $100,000 per year. I'm sure they can afford their own textbooks.


Where did OtherLittleGuy's original message go?
 
2012-12-31 09:09:19 PM

Cluckity: Pretty sure there are still people displaced by Hurricane Sandy could use your money if you're feeling generous.

Hell, there are people from Katrina still trying to get their damn lives together.

And if none of them want it, Haiti is still a shiathole.


This.

Donate something to Haiti or your local battered women's shelter and label it in memory of those victims. Don't send useless sh*t to people who don't need it so you can feel like you touched a national tragedy.
 
2012-12-31 09:12:51 PM
I sent some bandaids because I figured they were all out.
 
2012-12-31 09:20:40 PM

Vectron: I sent some bandaids because I figured they were all out.


I sent some slightly used dress shields
 
2012-12-31 09:22:16 PM

Relatively Obscure: phlegmmo: Newton, CT officials: "Please stop sending us stuff"

Makes sense.  It's probably earmarked for Newtown, instead.

Sorry, but packages in motion tend to stay in motion.



Niiiice.
 
2012-12-31 09:22:56 PM
No one send a crazed child murdered, I heard someone already sent one.
 
2012-12-31 09:24:17 PM

pedobearapproved: No one send a crazed child murdered, I heard someone already sent one.


You know what, you aren't fooling anyone...
 
2012-12-31 09:28:44 PM
Now what am I going to do with all this fruit cake?
 
2012-12-31 09:30:29 PM

Apos: Relatively Obscure: phlegmmo: Newton, CT officials: "Please stop sending us stuff"

Makes sense.  It's probably earmarked for Newtown, instead.

Sorry, but packages in motion tend to stay in motion.


Niiiice.



Oops, had to do a double-take.

Nice indeed.
 
2012-12-31 09:31:31 PM
What a bunch of ingrates.

/dnra
 
2012-12-31 09:31:49 PM

bikerific: Popcorn Johnny: I don't understand the point of sending donations to begin with.

Yeah, not be insensitive, but this wasn't a natural disaster. The only things they are missing cannot be replaced.

Other than the national equivalent of sending over a hot dish, there is not much we can offer.


People want to feel attached to a situation like this, so they involve themselves by sending useless crap.
 
2012-12-31 09:34:56 PM
You what they can use? Teddy Bears. To put on the ground. That always helps.

They said the town has only 60,000 Teddy Bears.
 
2012-12-31 09:35:36 PM

davidphogan: bikerific: Popcorn Johnny: I don't understand the point of sending donations to begin with.

Yeah, not be insensitive, but this wasn't a natural disaster. The only things they are missing cannot be replaced.

Other than the national equivalent of sending over a hot dish, there is not much we can offer.

People want to feel attached to a situation like this, so they involve themselves by sending useless crap.



You've met my mother?
 
2012-12-31 09:36:03 PM

Vectron: I sent some bandaids because I figured they were all out.


You joke but I remember after 9/11, there was a story just like this that included a bit about a girl who made a ball out of 3,000 band-aids and sent it to "The People of New York". Hopefully, the people of Newtown will be able to regift things to those who were hit by Hurricane Sandy, who may actually need to replace the teddy bears that were washed out to sea.
 
2012-12-31 09:37:45 PM
Reminds me of The Onion story following 9-11: "Not knowing what else to do, woman bakes cake with American flag design."
 
2012-12-31 09:38:48 PM
Next we'll be reading about a floating teddy bear island in the South Pacific.
 
2012-12-31 09:49:29 PM
To bear
 
2012-12-31 09:53:23 PM

Relatively Obscure: phlegmmo: Newton, CT officials: "Please stop sending us stuff"

Makes sense. It's probably earmarked for Newtown, instead.

Sorry, but packages in motion tend to stay in motion.


*snert*
 
2012-12-31 09:57:36 PM

Relatively Obscure: Sorry, but packages in motion tend to stay in motion.


Packages in motion? Like Meatspin? (nsfw)
 
2012-12-31 10:00:42 PM
Can't everyone just pray for Newton/Newtown? It's about as useful, it assuages the guilt just like sending a stuffed animal, and you don't have to pay FedEx to send it.
 
2012-12-31 10:02:49 PM
should be obvious tag
 
2012-12-31 10:08:45 PM
Haha, I work at a police dispatch center and we just put cards in the mail for them. No extra crap though. I think we sent flowers to Aurora though...
 
2012-12-31 10:13:09 PM
I sent them some soup in an envelope - didn't hear back from them so screw 'em.
 
2012-12-31 10:14:29 PM

Cluckity: Pretty sure there are still people displaced by Hurricane Sandy could use your money if you're feeling generous.

Hell, there are people from Katrina still trying to get their damn lives together.

And if none of them want it, Haiti is still a shiathole.


How many cute kids are dead in Haiti?
 
2012-12-31 10:16:19 PM
I often wonder how many of these people who ship out packages of whatever to residents of towns like this after a tragedy also distribute packages locally?
 
2012-12-31 10:18:11 PM

bikerific: The only things they are missing cannot be replaced.


You obviously haven't read the Book of Job, or BSABSVR's post.
 
2012-12-31 10:26:26 PM
I just dropped off a couple hundred handprints from my kid's school today since I was visiting in the area.

They were very gracious and appreciative. And they're ready to move forward and get the temporary school opened for the kids on Wednesday.


/God bless them all. I can only imagine
 
2012-12-31 10:31:56 PM

Indubitably: Seriously.

Enuff with the stuffed animals.

What are we to do with this stuff?

Give it to whom, all tainted and shat?

We bless your hearts for sending, but, seriously?

Send sanity.


A) I agree

B) I helped coordinate a stuffed animal donation (years ago) for the Detroit police. We bagged donated (but new) stuffed animals and cops kept a few in their trunk. So when they responded to a crime scene with kids present they could give them a bit of comfort.

The Newtown stuff I imagine is people feeling helpless and wanting to do *something*.... maybe it could turn into something to actually help traumatized kids, though.
 
2012-12-31 10:34:14 PM

Indubitably: Seriously.

Enuff with the stuffed animals.

What are we to do with this stuff?

Give it to whom, all tainted and shat?

We bless your hearts for sending, but, seriously?

Send sanity.


(I realize you said tainted but if people are sending random stuffed animals as opposed to leaving them at the site I would *hope* they were new...
 
2012-12-31 10:39:14 PM
FTFA: Adam Lanza, 20, took guns belonging to his mother, Nancy Lanza, and shot her as she slept in her bed. Then he went to Sandy Hook Elementary, where he gunned down 20 children and six staff members before killing himself.

Just in case you didn't know why people are sending gifts.
 
2012-12-31 10:43:34 PM
I sent actual stuffed animals.

If they can't appreciate the way the taxidermist posed my old dog, Mr. Fetches -- or even bother to mount the 12-point buck I shot in Arkansas last year above the principal's office door, I'm checking out. Did all I could do. Only time will heal.
 
2012-12-31 10:43:38 PM
I'm sure all they really want are those bulletproof backpacks.
i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-31 11:02:38 PM
Biatches! Quit sending farking stuffed dolls and shait! This ain't Katrina! We are not in a disaster zone! Exclamation point!
 
2012-12-31 11:21:26 PM
Why do people feel compelled to be generous only after a tragedy, and never in their own towns? I'm sure there are plenty of shelters and orgs locally that are just as worthy of being sent $20.
 
2012-12-31 11:26:24 PM

Popcorn Johnny: I don't understand the point of sending donations to begin with.


Have you not been paying attention?

God needs money.
 
2012-12-31 11:31:36 PM

StoPPeRmobile: Popcorn Johnny: I don't understand the point of sending donations to begin with.

Have you not been paying attention?

God needs money.


Money I can understand, but what does he need with a starship?
 
2012-12-31 11:37:34 PM

BSABSVR: I have been sending them vials of my semen so that they can make replacement children.  That's still OK, right?


Actually, that's a lot more sensitive than sending toys and teddy bears to people who just lost their kids.
 
2013-01-01 12:02:57 AM
Hlehmann
 Can't everyone just pray for Newton/Newtown?

Its NewTOWN, just for clarification.

Anyway, being from CT, I happen to know quite a few people personally affected by the massacre, though I myself did not lose a loved one. One of my friends is an EMT and he was one of the first responders on the scene. He was working with the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which is a non-profit. If you want to send donations, their website is:  http://newtown-ambulance.org/

UCONN is also raising money to provide scholarships to support college costs for siblings of those killed in the assault, the dependents of the adults who also lost their lives, and students currently enrolled at the elementary school, who are accepted to attend the University. If you want to give money, follow the links on the bottom of the page:  http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2012/12/uconn-memorial-scholarship-to-hon o r-victims-of-the-newtown-school-shootings-over-475000-in-pledges-to-da te/

/much gratitude from CT
 
2013-01-01 12:13:08 AM

MeanJean: Hlehmann
 Can't everyone just pray for Newton/Newtown?

Its NewTOWN, just for clarification.

Anyway, being from CT, I happen to know quite a few people personally affected by the massacre, though I myself did not lose a loved one. One of my friends is an EMT and he was one of the first responders on the scene. He was working with the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which is a non-profit. If you want to send donations, their website is:  http://newtown-ambulance.org/

UCONN is also raising money to provide scholarships to support college costs for siblings of those killed in the assault, the dependents of the adults who also lost their lives, and students currently enrolled at the elementary school, who are accepted to attend the University. If you want to give money, follow the links on the bottom of the page:  http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2012/12/uconn-memorial-scholarship-to-hon o r-victims-of-the-newtown-school-shootings-over-475000-in-pledges-to-da te/

/much gratitude from CT


it was tragic but why are people asking for donations to fund 1st graders college education? there has got to be a better way to use donations today.
 
2013-01-01 12:15:42 AM

What_Would_Jimi_Do: it was tragic but why are people asking for donations to fund 1st graders college education? there has got to be a better way to use donations today.


Still better than teddy bears.
 
2013-01-01 12:18:21 AM

bikerific: The only things they are missing cannot be replaced.


They just need a high enough level cleric to cast Raise Dead.
 
2013-01-01 12:21:27 AM

wambu: I'm sure all they really want are those bulletproof backpacks.
[i.imgur.com image 635x423]


You mean bullet resistant. No such thing as bullet proof.
 
2013-01-01 12:26:06 AM

The Asshole Guy: wambu: I'm sure all they really want are those bulletproof backpacks.
[i.imgur.com image 635x423]

You mean bullet resistant. No such thing as bullet proof.


Sure there is. It's made of a combination of Adam Sandlerum and Damon-Waynesine.
 
2013-01-01 12:30:39 AM
After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, some idiots sent donations of high heels, fur coats, and cocktail dresses.

Yes, they were Americans.
 
2013-01-01 12:38:16 AM

CthulhuCalling: StoPPeRmobile: Popcorn Johnny: I don't understand the point of sending donations to begin with.

Have you not been paying attention?

God needs money.

Money I can understand, but what does he need with a starship?


Do YOU have a starship?

/warp factor something
 
2013-01-01 12:39:01 AM
Why don't they stop sending stupid teddy bears and instead go see Django Unchained?
 
2013-01-01 02:52:48 AM

Atomic Spunk: fusillade762: OtherLittleGuy: So much this. The money on teddy bears alone could probably finance new books and related supplies for Sandy Hook Elementary for the next year.

The median income in Newtown is over $100,000 per year. I'm sure they can afford their own textbooks.

Where did OtherLittleGuy's original message go?


We took it to live on a farm.
 
2013-01-01 03:04:23 AM
Seriously, after the first 24 hours why don't people just start donating items to their local crisis nurseries in their memories? I can fully understand wanting to help pay for funeral services, memorials, counseling services... but how many teddy bears do each of these kids need? A kid who just had drunk daddy beat the crap outta mommy, or who just lost their home to a fire needs a teddy a lot more.
 
2013-01-01 03:37:27 AM

StoPPeRmobile: Popcorn Johnny: I don't understand the point of sending donations to begin with.

Have you not been paying attention?

God needs money.


He will only waste it on booze and drugs. What he needs to do is get a real job instead of conning all those poor saps out of their money each and every week.
 
2013-01-01 04:34:06 AM

EngineerAU: This happens after every tragedy. We send a bunch of stuff because he don't know how else to help. These incidents tend to happen for a reason but it's usually a reason that is difficult to deal with so it's much easier to throw some money or a bunch of flowers and feel good having "done something" instead of actually doing the hard work of determining the factors that lead to the tragedy and making them less likely to cause trouble in the future.

Even in natural disasters, which for the most part can't be prevented, we have a hard time making changes that would reduce the impact in the future. It's easier to take some old pants that have been in the to-be-donated pile next to the door for a year, and drop them off at the local radio station's Crazy Joe and the Morning Mayhem Team "show them we care" donation drive than to ask why so many houses we built in a twenty year floodplain. Or in this case, deal with all the factors that cause this country to have mass shootings of the kind that are more common in Pakistan than in developed nations.


Your newsletter, I'd like to subscribe to it. Also I have to wonder if your user name refers to my neck of the Southern Tier...
 
2013-01-01 05:32:13 AM
There's a type of demographic that has a pity party fetish.
 
2013-01-01 06:31:29 AM
I sent them guns, ammunition, and a long-winded manifesto about how guns aren't the problem and how the only way to be safe from guns is by having even more guns.

Low-caliber, of course. I figure those third-graders can't handle the kick on anything bigger than a .22.
 
2013-01-01 10:06:40 AM

Tobin_Lam: FTFA: Adam Lanza, 20, took guns belonging to his mother, Nancy Lanza, and shot her as she slept in her bed. Then he went to Sandy Hook Elementary, where he gunned down 20 children and six staff members before killing himself.

Just in case you didn't know why people are sending gifts.


Totally forgot about that. Thanks! How many children did those teddy bears resurrect?
 
2013-01-01 10:15:50 AM

fusillade762: OtherLittleGuy: So much this. The money on teddy bears alone could probably finance new books and related supplies for Sandy Hook Elementary for the next year.

The median income in Newtown is over $100,000 per year. I'm sure they can afford their own textbooks.


Why not use textbooks for multiple years? Have the school buy them and rent them to the students. It's not as if the basics of history, maths and English change that much one year to the next.

/Had 20 year old maths book in elementary school
//Still learned to add, subtract, multiply and divide
 
2013-01-01 10:56:45 AM
Was it wrong that I sent them a bunch of hot cocoa sampler boxes?
 
2013-01-01 11:42:29 AM
What Would Jimi Do?
it was tragic but why are people asking for donations to fund 1st graders college education? there has got to be a better way to use donations today.

I know, but it still beats sending teddy bears. People still want to try to do something to make it better, they just don't know what.

Joxette

Seriously, after the first 24 hours why don't people just start donating items to their local crisis nurseries in their memories? I can fully understand wanting to help pay for funeral services, memorials, counseling services... but how many teddy bears do each of these kids need? A kid who just had drunk daddy beat the crap outta mommy, or who just lost their home to a fire needs a teddy a lot more.

Hey, good idea.
 
2013-01-01 12:41:53 PM

BSABSVR: I have been sending them vials of my semen so that they can make replacement children.  That's still OK, right?  Otherwise I gotta start sending it to Brooklyn Decker again


OtherLittleGuy: Cluckity: Pretty sure there are still people displaced by Hurricane Sandy could use your money if you're feeling generous.

Hell, there are people from Katrina still trying to get their damn lives together.

And if none of them want it, Haiti is still a shiathole.

How many cute kids are dead in Haiti?


We can't hear you over the sound of CC bills flying through the mail slot.
 
2013-01-01 02:43:41 PM
We're driven by narrative. We want to be part of a narrative. Some people, often people who don't have much of a good story to call their own, see bigger stories on the news with more compelling characters and more exciting slopes of emotion and want to be a part of that narrative. That's why they send useless shiat where it's not needed, undoubtedly together with a card announcing just how personally they are affected and involved and just what they are doing to participate (eg. "praying for you").

See also: Princess Diana's death, 9/11, etc. No, you were not personally affected, at least any more than you were affected by Bilbo telling his friends he was leaving Middle Earth forever, or Old Yeller dying. But who doesn't want to be part of a show-stopping SPECTACLE!

Meanwhile, these wannabe film extras likely don't give useful stuff locally because a drunk on the street in need of a coat or a mom fleeing an abusive relationship with her two kids is a dull and common tale. The hero role in that story is is not obviously adventurous, and is seen by few or none and requires great humility, which is not fashionable social currency in this age of Twitter, Instagram, and the 24 hour news cycle.

Or maybe it's because many have forgotten how be usefully compassionate, since reality shows and advertisers have taught us that the American Dream is to win ALL THE STUFF, to the detriment of other contestants, so when we are moved to help our fellow contestants (the ones that are already sort-of-winning by getting themselves on TV at any rate) we send stuff.

I wonder if a reality show in which contestants try to be more altruistic than one another would be dividing by zero?
 
2013-01-01 03:50:24 PM

CthulhuCalling: StoPPeRmobile: Popcorn Johnny: I don't understand the point of sending donations to begin with.

Have you not been paying attention?

God needs money.

Money I can understand, but what does he need with a starship?


An enterprising trooper? 'Cause then nothing's gonna stop 'em now.
 
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