Company Donates Caskets to Sandy Hook Victims

After Friday's shooting, Matthews Casket Co. of New England quickly stepped up and offered to donate caskets to the families of students killed in the massacre.

Fifteen families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have taken a national casket maker up on its offer to donate caskets for their loved ones who were killed in the Dec. 14 shooting, an employee of its Hamden office said.

Matthews Casket Co of New England, which has offices at 131 Leeder Hill Dr. in Hamden, made the offer to donate a casket for all 20 children killed in the shooting shortly after word of the tragedy got out Friday. As of Monday afternoon, the company had provided 15 caskets to the families of children killed, according to Peter Ferris, a company official.

Ferris referred comment to the Matthews Casket's public relations department, which couldn't immediately be reached. Ferris did say the company donated the caskets it because "it was the right thing to do" and not for any media recognition.

The first of the funerals for the 26 victims of the shootings — six school staff members were gunned down in addition to the students — began Monday. The funerals are expected to continue throughout the week for the remaining victims.

Janet G December 18, 2012 at 01:04 AM
God Bless them for these donations of Caskets for the Children. The love and support being shown is overwhelming. May God's Light continue to shine down upon those who are mourning and all of America. God Bless the tiny Angles now in God's Eternal Care and their adults who will be with them from this day forward!!!
DrGrace J. Gniazdowska PsyD PhD December 18, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I don't have much financially, but I want to do what I can to help. I am offering free private grief counseling to the families of victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Please contact me. drgraceg@sensualmentality.com or you may speak with me on yahoo chat graceg1971a I am free to come to your home (like Dr. Hank does on Royal Pains) or you may come to me. I am in Trumbull. Please contact me for information. Dr Grace


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