Newtown task force to handle donations

2013-01-06 20:21
26 teddy bears, each representing a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. (David Goldman, AP)

26 teddy bears, each representing a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. (David Goldman, AP)

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Newtown - Chris Kelsey is the tax assessor in Newtown, but for the better part of three weeks, his job has been setting up and organizing a warehouse to hold the toys, school supplies and other gifts donated in the wake of the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary school.

Despite the town's pleas to stop sending gifts, Kelsey said trucks have been arriving daily with tokens of support from across the world.

A task force has been set up to co-ordinate the more than 800 volunteers who have been working to sort the gifts, open mail and answer the thousands of e-mails and phone calls offering assistance.

Kelsey said the town's normal business is mostly on pause while officials continue to deal with the outpouring of support.

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