NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Some of the families of the victims of Sandy Hook got together in Newtown Thursday night, to talk about how some of the millions of dollars that have been donated are being handled.
The family of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis says he died bravely trying to lead other children to safety on December 14th. His grandfather couldn't believe the outpouring of support since that day.
"To the guy that sent ten bucks, thank you. He was generous. He took it out of his pocket and what can you say," said David Lewis, Jesse's grandfather.
So many people gave to the United Way fund it totaled more than $11 million. So, they set up the Newtown Sandy Hook Community Foundation.
Their board allotted 70% of the money, that's $7.7 million to the families. The other $4 million is meant for the community.
Now, in a proposal a distribution committee broke down the $7.7 million.
- Each of the 26 families who suffered a loved one dying would be awarded $281,000.
- Two teachers injured would get an aggregate total of $150,000
- 12 families who's children were in the classrooms targeted and survived would get $20,000 each.
No one had a problem with how the $7.7 million was broken down, but many think all of the money should go directly to those impacted.
"There's a lot of people here who would love to know how we got to this point and wishing it was done in a more transparent way," said Robert Accomando, Newtown.
"Why isn't all the money going to the victims. The American public gave very generously out of their hearts because they saw those people who were killed so violently, so tragically," said Caryn Kaufman, a concerned citizen.
This was just the distribution committee, they say that decision was made above them and their task is to divvy out the $7.7 million.
"Solomon himself could not distribute this money in a fashion that would please everybody. It can't be done. It can't be done. We can only do the best we can," said Ken Feinberg, advisor.
Lewis says he appreciates all that's been done and hopes the intentions of generous people will be honored.
"I don't want to criticize anybody because this town has been overwhelmingly wonderful to all of us. It is what it is, it's almost over and we'll go on," said Lewis.
The Newtown Sandy Hook Foundation board states this is a "community fund, not a victim compensation fund". They said they researched other communities that have dealt with tragedies like this one and decided the $4 million will be used to meet the needs of the community down the road.
A separate distribution committee will be set up to decide how that money will be spent.
The earliest any money will be given to the families is slated for August 15th.
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