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We can help Newtown's people from long distance
Dec 26, 2012 - Maureen Olin, Riverton
I am sure everyone is shocked and upset about the terrible killing of so many little school children in Newtown, Conn. First-graders! It is unconscionable, to use a favorite word my old Catholic school principal/nun used to say.
It is hard to know what to do from so far away, but when I was in the bank a few days ago I did come across something. Someone has set up a bank account at Central Bank and Trust in Riverton for the purpose of collecting donations to be sent to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
We can contribute a few dollars here and it will be sent there to the school or the families to help them deal with their expenses, repairs or other needs in what is a terrible Christmas season for them.
I then saw this same announcement in The Ranger and saw that an account has been set up at Central Bank and Trust in Lander also.
I don't know whose idea this was, but I have been told that it is a private citizen who does not wish to be known. This person, he or she, has made a fine and caring gesture that the rest of us can participate in as well.
I have since read that the community of Newtown has received such a large outpouring of donations that it doesn't really know what to do with all of it, but a school principal said "It won't go to waste."
I hope your newspaper readers can find the time to assist with this true act of kindness. I express my most sincere appreciation to the selfless person who set up this way we all can help those sad people through a terrible time.