(PHOTO: Community Giveaway at Newtown's Reed Intermediate School)
(3-8-13) Santa Claus came to Newtown, Connecticut, on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
On that day, an event called "Community Giveaway" took place at Newtown's Reed Intermediate School, where thousands of town residents came to pick-and-choose from among the thousands upon thousands of gifts donated by generous people from across America and the world. They had felt sorry for the town because of the massacre of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School the previous Dec. 14th.
From noon to 3 pm, Sandy Hook School students and their families, as well as the school's staffers, browsed through the gifts and took the ones they wanted. From 3 to 6 pm, the event broadened its scope to allow other Newtown families to browse and select gifts.
The thousands of gifts in the Community Giveaway were only a fraction of the donations received by Sandy Hook victims' funds. Some of the funds are private, such as the Emilie Parker Fund on Facebook created a day after the massacre, which do not make public how much money they've received.