Oxford Fire to Hold Boot Drive for Newtown This Weekend

The department will be set up at three locations in town.


The Oxford Fire Department will be holding a boot drive to raise money that will be directly given to the families that were affected by the tragic events on Friday in Newtown.

The boot drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Center Fire Company will be set up on Route 67 near the Oxford Grange
  • Quaker Farms Fire Company will be set up on Route 188 near the Christ Church Congregational near Hogsback Road
  • Riverside Fire Company will be set up on Route 34 near the New Haven Rowing Club (Seymour/Oxford Town line 
Bernard December 20, 2012 at 01:45 PM
While I understand the need to want to do something for the families affected by this tradegy, what exactly is the point of this drive? More than 70% of the households in Newtown have household incomes over 75k and more than 50% well over 100k. Money is not the major issue and the drive in absence of a clear need is rather unseemly. I appreciate the sentiment but I cant see how spreading about 1200 amongst 26 families will do anything.
Will Wilkin December 20, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I'm thinking parents have missed a week of work, not everyone in Newtown fits the statistical economic profile, expenses have been incurred. We will have to trust that the organizers of the drive find the most needy recipients. I have a friend quite poor who until a year ago lived in a Newtown apartment attached to a big house. Don't write off the whole town as rich just because they average that way.
Bernard December 20, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Not my intent to write anybody off but rather to point out that a need has not been established. Apt fire in Ansonia, we could assume limited resources as renters tend to be less affluent. Newtown, median income 109,000 - average home value 412,000. Yes, there are folks with lower incomes but they tend to be older folks who were there prior to the move up. Younger families need to be much more well off to live in Newtown these days This effort is well-intentioned but ill-conceived.
Tush December 20, 2012 at 05:12 PM
John, I understand your sentiment completely - had the same thought myself. No amount of money will alleviate the pain these families are suffering for their loss. I can see making memorial contributions to a favorite organization that will appreciate the donations and have the need. There was a list published on Oxford Patch a few days ago with the names of the children and teachers and their organization of choice. I thought that was very helpful and sensible.
Kathy December 20, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Do you have any idea what a funeral costs? Does everyone have life insurance on there child? Should these families even have to think about these things? Can these parents go right back to work? If they can't, how will they pay their bills? Again, should they have to worry about it? How much counseling will the families need? Does everyone's insurance provide for that? If the Fire Dept. wants to give me and others an avenue to lend a little assistance, a applaud and thank them.
Craig Zac December 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM
even so, these families will never be the same, they may not go back to work either.. can you imagine the shock of something like this? what it may do to someones mental state? coupled withthe fact that we are in such a financial mess in this state, let alone the country, even if you made 100K a year, im sure raising a couple kids and having a sizable mortgage...and now paying for your 6 year olds final expense is going to put you close to broke. helping out with a little $$$ isnt going to break any of us, but it can help with someones grieving... right now, the last thing on these families minds is worrying about paying bills. And im sure the banks don't care, like the line from the movie Good Fellas... "no money? F you, pay me, had a fire? F you pay me!"
Rose December 22, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Minor point, isn't that Christ Church Episcopal?
Robin Schreiber December 22, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Perhaps the money that is raised will be utilized for those in need as it is intended. Burial expenses, loss of work, and the cost of insurance or therapy for those families is huge!! Yes, a lot of people/businesses/therapists have donated their time and services but this community will be dealing with this for years. However, as with other fundraisers I have been a part of for this cause, the families may choose to donate their "shares" to their chosen charities. Our PTO was in touch with the PTA and readjusted things accordingly. Their PTA also assured the PTO any unneeded items would go to those in need. I trust the our Oxford volunteer firemen as first responders to know or be in contact with Newtown's finest to get ideas what to do. I will be there at one of those locations to participate. All this giving will benefit all those in need so how is that a bad thing? Although my money is intended for Newtown I have no issue as long as it goes to the so many in need - have we forgotten the people still without houses from Hurricane Sandy?


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