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A bus traveling from Newtown, Conn., to Monroe stops in front of 26 angels along the roadside on the first day of classes for Sandy Hook Elementary School students since the Dec. 14 shooting, in Monroe, Conn., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Chalk Hill School in Monroe was overhauled especially for the students from the Sandy Hook School shooting. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
The My Sandy Hook Family Fund is distributing the first round of funds to families of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The 26 families who lost loved ones on Dec. 14 are each receiving $40,000, according to D. Robert Morris.
Parents in Sandy Hook created the fund to create immediate and continued support to victims’ families and they have raised between $1.1 million and $1.2 million so far. They hope to raise at least $2.6 million.
This is the first charitable fund set up after the shooting to provide funds directly to the family.
Morris said he had the opportunity to speak several people around the country and has been encouraged by the “genuine outpouring of support.”