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American Atheists, SOMA, and We Are Atheism giving aid to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims' families;

American Atheists, SOMA, and We Are Atheism giving aid to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims' families;

AGA_LogoAmerican Atheists, SOMA and We Are Atheism are raising money to give to the families of the victims of the school shooting in Connecticut last Friday to help pay for the funerals.  According to their fundraising website, they wish to show the country that atheists care, and want to "help these families heal with more than just prayer and letters."

A typical child’s funeral costs between $3,000-$5,000.  The wooden casket alone is near $3,000.  In Newtown, CT the cost of living is ~129% above the national average. This horrific time is difficult enough without having to worry about how they are going to pay to bury their child and afford counseling for themselves and their siblings left behind. Please give as much as you can so the people of Newtown, CT can begin healing and get the help they need.

We will be processing these payments to American Atheists to distribute the money to the 20 families that we have contact info for. Additional funds will go to help the families of the adults who were killed and to community in their efforts to provide counseling to those involved. Your donation is tax deductible (we will be getting our 501C3 status next year).

So far, the site has raised $11,350.33 since it went up over the weekend.  When challenged in the comments that Newtown is "very wealthy and don't need any money," Adam Brown of the site says We Are Atheism is doing it because "it's the right thing to do."

We think so too.  Help if you can.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Human-Ape/100001623230964 Human Ape

    These people have nice homes and they're wealthy. They don't need handouts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Human-Ape/100001623230964 Human Ape

    Adam Brown of the site says We Are Atheism is doing it because "it's the right thing to do."

    You are atheists trying to imitate the stupidity of Christians who like to throw their hard-earned money away.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.westley Brian Westley

      Shutting up is free, Human Ape, if you're so concerned about costs.

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