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2012-12-31 08:55:08 PM  
6 votes:

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  
4 votes:

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 08:52:25 PM  
4 votes:
I don't understand the point of sending donations to begin with.
2012-12-31 09:00:14 PM  
3 votes:

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 08:54:39 PM  
3 votes:
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.
2013-01-01 12:02:57 AM  
2 votes:
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
2012-12-31 10:31:56 PM  
2 votes:

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 09:00:14 PM  
2 votes:
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 07:28:44 PM  
2 votes:

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.
2013-01-01 02:43:41 PM  
1 votes:
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 03:04:23 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2012-12-31 11:21:26 PM  
1 votes:
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 09:37:45 PM  
1 votes:
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 09:09:19 PM  
1 votes:

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 09:02:44 PM  
1 votes:
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 09:01:16 PM  
1 votes:

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 08:54:18 PM  
1 votes:
I sent them some nice coffee mugs. You know, cuz everyone should have nice coffee mugs.
2012-12-31 08:51:35 PM  
1 votes:
Good to see everyone coming together tho, tbh. Restores my faith in humanity.

/off to the politics tab!
//AGGHHHH!
2012-12-31 05:31:03 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:56:22 PM  
1 votes:
Newton, CT officials: "Please stop sending us stuff"

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