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United Way Defends Newtown Donations Process

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File photo of some of the memorial trinkets left in memory of the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

File photo of some of the memorial trinkets left in memory of the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The United Way says in response to concerns by a relative of one of the victims of the Newtown school shooting that a new non-profit group overseeing donations is getting input from families.

Cristina Lafferty Hassinger posted on her Facebook page that victim families are being asked for proof of hardship before even the smallest disbursement is issued. She wrote that her mother, principal Dawn Hochsprung, was shot to death trying to protect her students and staff and “we shouldn’t have to fight for what is rightfully ours.”

United Way of Western Connecticut officials say a one-page form is used for those seeking help with immediate needs. The group says a meeting was held last week in which the families met with a new board of a foundation that will oversee the distribution a larger fund.

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