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1st donations after Newtown shooting being spent

Newtown, Ct.
Posted at 1:54 PM, Jan 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-18 08:55:55-05

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The first of the money donated through the United Way after the Newtown school shooting is being spent.

The United Way of Western Connecticut announced Friday it set up a $200,000 fund to meet immediate needs, such as for first responders, teachers and others who lost wages. The money is also being used for youth programs and for mental health services for those affected by the massacre.

The fund has already been used to buy two-way radios for Newtown teachers.

The money is separate from the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which has a balance of $8.5 million.

A team, including former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, is establishing a foundation that will distribute that money. Officials say victims' families and the Newtown community will have a say in that process.