Newtown Officials: Please Stop the Gifts
Town to turn memorials into 'sacred soil'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 27, 2012 2:20 AM CST
Updated Dec 27, 2012 3:57 AM CST
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)

(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."

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Dec 27, 2012 10:10 AM CST
I know what they mean. Today Chardon, Ohio ordered all the red ribbons that have been put up all over the area to be removed. They started out as something meaningful and as a show of support and have turned into litter and an eyesore 10 months later.
Dec 27, 2012 3:13 AM CST
I get the impulse, but sending money and gifts to a generally affluent area after a shooting seems seriously misguided to me. If the death of children offends you so (which it should), maybe send some of that money to areas where the death of children doesn't make front page news. And I'm not even talking about places outside of the U.S., although there are plenty of those that would appreciate some help.