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United Way defends Newtown donations process

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The United Way says in response to concerns by the daughter of a Newtown, Conn., school shooting victim a new nonprofit group overseeing donations is getting input from victims' families on how to distribute the money.

Cristina Lafferty Hassinger posted on her Facebook page the families are being asked for proof of hardship before the smallest disbursements are issued. She wrote her mother, principal Dawn Hochsprung, was shot dead trying to protect students and staff and the families "shouldn't have to fight for what is rightfully" theirs.

United Way of Western Connecticut said Tuesday a one-page form is used for those seeking help with immediate needs. It says the families met last week with the board of the new foundation, which is overseeing distribution from a larger fund established by the United Way.

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