Community is at the heart of what we do at DNA, and it always has been. To ring in this season of giving and to celebrate the organizations that continue to shape our great community, we will unveil a new way to give back every day that doesn’t necessarily involve cash.

You may already give back in one or more of the ways that we list; if you do, pat yourself on the back. If not, maybe today is the day. Our hope is that you’ll never underestimate how much of a lasting and positive impact you can make…Not only for a cause, but for yourself as well.

How to Support the Community of Newtown, CT (right here, right now)

Days after tragedy struck a small town and elementary school in Connecticut, we are stirred to give our support and compassion to this community–as if it were our own. No matter how many miles separate Greenville from Newtown, there are many ways to be involved in their healing.

Below are a number of organizations in and around Newtown that are working to meet the needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. As we’ve expressed throughout our ‘Tis the Season blog posts, there is always an opportunity to help make a difference. We encourage you to give back in a way that feels good, feels right, and that inspires you.

As we move on from what happened here, let us not let this turn into something that defines us, but instead, inspires us to be better, more compassionate and more humble people.

Robbie Parker, father of Emilie Parker, Age 6

Send a message of support—in one click.

Send a message through Evergram in the form of a video, audio or text to the families of victims at Sandy Hook. The campaign is entitled, “Our Broken Hearts,” and messages are being collected now; they will be delivered to the families on December 31, 2012.

Write a note to the Sandy Hook community.

Letters of support and love can be mailed to:

Sandy Hook Elementary School
12 Dickenson Drive
Sandy Hook, CT 06482

Participate in Project Linus

Project Linus, a nonprofit whose mission we covered in our last post, has arranged to send more than 700 warm, cozy handmade blankets to children affected by this latest shooting, according to an email sent to The Huffington Post. Find out how you can assist with their efforts, here.

Send a Note for Noah

Family members described Noah Pozner, 6, asjust a really lively, smart kid.” According to a Facebook page set up in Noah’s memory, supporters can send letters of support to a friend who will deliver them to the family later this week. Noah was one of 20 school children killed on Friday. Cards and notes can be mailed to: Friends of Maddie 1534 North Moorpark Road Suite 284 Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

While the focus of our ‘Tis the Season Blog has been on ways to give back that don’t involve cash, do know that financial donations are always a critical form of giving for any and all nonprofits. Below is a list of relief funds and memorials currently accepting donations in order to assist the families, victims and community of Newtown.*

Friends of the Engel Family Fund
Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund
Newtown Memorial Fund
Emilie Parker Memorial Fund
Newtown Youth and Family Services

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
United Way, a global nonprofit with a partner branch right here in Greenville, works in its entirety to “build community by helping people care for one another.” In doing so, the Western Connecticut chapter has set up the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. The fund will provide support services to the families that have been affected by the  shooting. Donations can be mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470 or submitted online here.

*Information gathered from HuffPost Impact, a news/media website dedicated to causes, social justice issues, actionable news and inspiring stories.