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26 Trees: The Newtown Project

Chris Kelsey of Newtown with Jan Hirt and Danbury Township Trustee Dave Hirt with the sign and one of the trees donated by Danbury Township citizens in memory of the 26 people lost at the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. 

It is a quiet little New England town a mile or so off the interstate and just east of Danbury, CT.  Jan and I came here to see how the 26 trees that our community donated were doing and to bring the sign "We Will Remember With You" to Newtown.  Elizabeth Rallo, the leader of the Newtown Recovery Team, directed us to the Newtown Municipal Center, where we met with Chris Kelsey.  He is the tax assessor for Newtown and also on the recovery team, as well the manager of the Toy Warehouse.  As the donations came in Chris was in charge of managing them, and, yes, they did need a warehouse.  There were 56,784 donations of just Teddy Bears alone.

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Danbury Township’s gift for Newtown

Left to right: Township Trustees Dianne Rozak, David Hirt & Charles Scott along with Fiscal Officer Shelley Seamon hold a sign to be given to Newtown, CT, to accompany the 26 evergreen trees already provided to them. The sign and trees were purchased as a memorial for the 26 lives lost in the shooting earlier this year. They were funded solely through generous donations from our community.

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26 Trees benefit dinner in Danbury on Feb. 21

26 Trees benefit dinner in Danbury on Feb. 21

The Danbury Township Trustees and Ken Kostal will hold a fund-raising dinner at Big Bopper’s Restaurant, 7581 East Harbor Road in Danbury Township, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 4-8 p.m. Kostal offered to host the dinner to raise funds for The Newtown Community Fund, to help purchase 26 trees for Newtown, a close neighbor to Danbury, CT, for whom Danbury Township was named. The 26 trees will commemorate those lost in the Newtown school shootings.

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