Tom Cavanaugh, a writer who works and lives in Los Angeles, gave $125 Monday at the Newtown General Store on Main Street for 100 cups to be handed out to people with his condolences. The store’s owner, Peter Leone, thought it was such a good idea that he offered free coffee to everyone.
Maxilene Ramos, manager of the Newtown General Store for the last 15 years, said that she had been fielding phone calls from people all over the world, asking how they could make a contribution to the people of Newtown through the store.
“We just got a call from New York from someone who donated hot chocolates,” Ms. Ramos said.
Another person, she said, paid $500 for food and snacks to be given to police officers and first responders. She said someone else donated candy to be handed out to children. Another caller contributed money to pay for 50 lunches earlier in the day.
“Everybody here appreciates the kindness from people all over the world,” said Ms.Ramos, who is putting together a list of the people who donated to put in the store window. “Everybody is thankful.”