Newtown Officials: Please Stop the Gifts

Town to turn memorials into 'sacred soil'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 27, 2012 2:20 AM CST | Updated Dec 27, 2012 3:57 AM CST

(Newser) – Newtown officials have literally received more gifts than they know what to do with. Town leaders say they greatly appreciate the vast quantity of items sent to the town—but they can't cope with any more. So they've asked people to stop sending things for now, the AP reports. At the moment, they've got "warehouses full of items" that they need to process, they say; once that's done, they'll let people know how to continue helping. As for financial gifts, a United Way fund to help the town has hit $3.5 million.

Meanwhile, Newtown has announced a plan for the various memorials that have been created around town: The "thousands of flowers, letters, prayers, signs and photos, teddy bears, and more" are set to be turned into soil for a permanent memorial, the town's first selectman says, via the Newtown Bee. "This will be sacred soil, holding all the sweet messages and symbols of love and hope, of kindness and sadness, visions for a better future, and promises to forever remember the ones lost in this sad attack."

Members of a group monitoring memorials around the clock take an early morning shift Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.
Members of a group monitoring memorials around the clock take an early morning shift Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Among a memorial to the Sandy Hook Elementary students and teachers, Julian Revie of Ottawa plays Christmas music on a piano he helped bring to the memorial, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.
Among a memorial to the Sandy Hook Elementary students and teachers, Julian Revie of Ottawa plays Christmas music on a piano he helped bring to the memorial, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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