By Christmas Eve, we received word from a Connecticut state trooper that the first of the families had received their Trouble Dog. Later that Christmas Eve, Trouble was in the hands of eight more of the families who had lost children. Since then, many more Trouble Dogs have been placed with the families of the victims and will be placed in the new school that the schoolmates of the victims are attending. The school children can help to put the Trouble packages together along with messages of hope and caring.
Newtown received more than 1 million stuffed animals and many are now being given away to various charities. While those gifts have been meaningful, we are delighted that Trouble has been able to make his way to those most in need, the families of the victims and their friends. In addition, therapists working with the children of Newtown have been made aware of Trouble and have been requesting Trouble to help work with their young patients.
All of this has been made possible by the generous help of many people and the donations of the residents of Marblehead. Since we continue to receive requests to send more Trouble Dogs to Newtown, donations continue to be needed. Donations can be made at the National Grand Bank by making your check out to Hope For Newtown or by going on-line at troublethedog.net and clicking on the “donate” button. Thanks again to all those who have helped bring Trouble the Dog and his message of hope to Newtown.