WESTON, Conn. - The parents of Weston Intermediate School third-grade basketball players raised $2,000 for Newtown families victimized by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and will deliver the money to Newtown Youth and Family Services , according to David Levy, one of the parents.
The Newtown organization operates a fund called Caroline's Gift that was established in 1997 by a Newtown family in memory of their daughter and is used to assist Newtown families coping with the physical and mental health needs of their children, according to Ashely Mele, who represents the organization.
She declined to say how much has been raised since the Sandy Hook shootings.
Levy said, "I never got a chance to process the Sandy Hook tragedy until I was sitting in the Weston Intermediate School gym watching the boys scrimmage. I watched 26 boys enjoying themselves with such energy and innocence ... and then realized that 26 lights had gone out the week before, I choked up. Then I started counting the money and I really started to cry. We collected close to our goal for Newton Youth and Family Services."
He said 100 percent of the funds raised will go to the families in Newtown that are supported by Newtown Youth and Family Services.