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The following note was received from William Raveis:
The tragic act of violence that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Friday, December 14th, will forever leave a hole in the hearts of families and communities across the nation and the globe. Twenty-six lives, including twenty children at the tender ages of 6 and 7 years old, were taken far too soon. Now, amid the flurry of headlines, videos and endless commentary on social networks, we work to pick up the pieces, hoping to bring back normalcy and joy to the traditional schoolday.
This tragedy has hit us especially hard because our staff and clients are involved. One of our brokers, Sandy Previdi, and her husband Jeffrey, lost their beautiful daughter, Caroline in the shooting. Five families we have touched have also lost their children to this senseless crime.
We will work in any way possible to help these and other families cope with the difficult road ahead. William Raveis has setup the Sandy Hook Elementary Education Fund, where $10 of every one of our real estate, mortgage and insurance transactions will be donated to help Caroline’s family and the five families impacted pay for their children’s future educational needs. In 2013 alone, this is estimated to be $120,000.
This morning, I learned Caroline’s favorite charity was the Toy Chest at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown. As a company, we will be sending toy donations to the Church in the name of Caroline Previdi. These toys will help provide joy and comfort to children in need during this holiday season-something Caroline would have wanted.
You can help us through this tragedy by supporting these initiatives. If you would like to make a donation to the Sandy Hook Elementary Education Fund, please visit our donations page. Or, you can mail your contribution to:
William Raveis Sandy Hook Elementary Educational Fund
Attn: Karen Webb
7 Trap Falls Road, Shelton, CT 06484
To make Toy Donations in Caroline Previdi’s name, please send toys to St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470.
Newtown and families impacted by this immeasurable loss will stay strong. They will have the world by their side. Please keep the families impacted by the Sandy Hook shooting in your thoughts and prayers.