Tributes to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting on Friday are pouring in around the NFL. And the Kraft family, owners of the New England Patriots, are doing their part by donating $25,000 to aid the victims of the Newtown, Conn. shooting.
The Kraft family owns a corrugated box plant in Newtown, and Jonathan Kraft, son of Bob, told Albert Breer of the NFL Network that the family is giving the money in order to help the victims of the shooting try and move forward.
"To me, the adults who lost their children in this are so important, the future of the school and how it moves forward is important, the town is important," Kraft said. "It's not for us to make the decision on what to do with the money. But we're gonna help."
The Patriots are one of several teams in and around the Northeast that are paying tribute to the lives lost in Newtown. The Giants and Jets will wear a S.H.E.S. decal on their helmets Sunday, while New England will wear the decal that you see above.
"The players have been really affected by it, just hearing guys talk," Kraft told Breer on Sunday. "You never hear guys talk about current events, but the guys were talking about it on Friday afternoon and Saturday in the building. A lot of guys have young children. A lot of guys have guns. There was a lot of talk here."
New England will also send up 26 flares in honor of the victims before their home game on Sunday night. There's nothing that anyone can actually do to make things any better for the families that lost loved ones in the tragedy on Friday.
But that doesn't mean the effort goes unnoticed or unappreciated.