United Way accepting money for Sandy Hook School Fund

December 18, 2012 • Local News

In light of the devastation that took place in Newtown, Conn., Roswell community members are putting forth the effort to let those affected by the Sandy Hook shooting know that they care.

The United Way of Western Connecticut has established the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. All donations collected will be used to provide support services to the families and community members affected by the tragedy. The United Way of Chaves County will also serve as a donation site. One hundred percent of contributions designated to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, will be sent to the United Way of Western Connecticut. Checks [auth] can be sent to the United Way of Chaves County, P.O. Box 301, Roswell, NM 88202. Online donations can also be made at

In a press release, Sherry Mumford, executive director of the United Way of Chaves County, stated, “we continue to keep the victims, their families and the entire Newtown community in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Those who would like to send a personal message can sign the guestbook on the Ballard Funeral Home and LaGrone Funeral Chapel’s websites. Larry Stiles, manager of Ballard Funeral Home, said that once they’ve collected as many personal messages as possible, the two homes are going to print out the guestbooks and mail them to the mayor of Newtown.

“We felt like we wanted to do something to allow the community, school districts and just people in Roswell who may want to do something, the opportunity to,” Stiles said. “They have a means of expressing their sympathies and giving their condolences to the people of Newtown.”

Visit and, and click on the link in the bottom left hand corner of both sites to sign the guestbooks.

On Thursday, people can pay their respects at a candlelight vigil on the Chaves County Courthouse lawn at 7 p.m. Nicole Vargas is one of the organizers of the event and said it was originally to pray specifically for the city of Roswell, but after the horrendous incident that took place last Friday, they decided to expand the ceremony to include prayers for victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. As always, she said those serving in the United States armed forces and local law enforcement will be included in the prayers. Vargas encourages everyone to come out, bring a candle, “so we can just come together in peace for an hour.”

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