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Solidarity event at Freedom Park Sunday for Newtown

Sunday afternoon, residents are encouraged to meet at the intersection of Freedom Parkway and Moreland Avenue to demonstrate that Atlanta cares for those who were so tragically affected by Friday’s mass killing at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Our Midtown Picture of the Day is actually that of a flyer for a Sunday event being held just east of the Midtown boundary. Organized by the Hipster Gardner, Atlantans are planning on gathering Sunday afternoon at Freedom Park to show solidarity with Newtown, Conn.

From 12-4 p.m., residents are encouraged to “bring a sign, bring yourself, and bring a friend“ to the intersection of Freedom Parkway and Moreland Avenue to demonstrate that our city cares for those who were so tragically affected by Friday’s mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. 

Newtown Patch in Connecticut has been providing continuing coverage, including how on Saturday, officials shared some harrowing details of the killings, including the nature of gunshot wounds.

In the wake of the unimaginable tragedy, people from all over the world—in Connecticut, Georgia, Canada and much farther away in Australia and India—sent an outpouring of support and want to know how they can help.

If you want to be notified via email of ways to provide comfort and support during this difficult time, please post in the comments section of this Newtown Patch article here: "I want to help."

Patch will continue to update this article from Newtown Patch with ways to help—posting updates to the story as well as in the comments thread, triggering an email notification to commenters.

Already the United Way of Western Connecticut, in partnership with Newtown Savings Bank, created the Sandy Hook School Support Fund to help provide support services to the families and community that are affected.

Check donations may be mailed to: 

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT  06470

If you have questions on the fund, you may call 800-461-0672.

Helpful Links

  • United Way's Sandy Hook Support Fund Announcement

Also on Sunday, every National Football League game, including the New York Giants-Atlanta Falcons contest from the Georgia Dome, will hold a moment of silence honoring the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The Giants, New York Jets and New England Patriots will all wear special decals during their games this week in memory of those who lost their lives. On Saturday, the Giants tweeted a photo of the decal they will wear on their helmet when they face the Falcons at 1 p.m.

- Jaimie Cura contributed to this story

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