Tumblr Saves 500,000 Letters to Newtown from Destruction

Feb 07, 2013

In an effort to preserve the nearly 500,000 letters that poured into Newtown, Connecticut after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook, Mother Jones and Tumblr helped Newtown resident, Ross MacDonald create a powerful digital record.

Thank you Tumblr and Mother Jones, you've really done something special.

In an effort to preserve the nearly 500,000 letters that poured into Newtown, Connecticut after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook, Mother Jones and Tumblr helped Newtown resident, Ross MacDonald create a powerful digital record.

"In their shock and grief, people were compelled to make these intensely raw, personal expressions, and send them to a town they probably hadn’t heard of before, not knowing if they would even reach us. They offered help, love, condolences, prayers. They came from children, parents, families, school classes, church groups, soldiers, mayors, survivors, inmates, and entire towns. The letters on display at town hall form a massive tapestry of a world’s sorrow," MacDonald wrote in this post on the Storyboard tumblr.

The town of Newtown did not have the resources to preserve all of these letters, but Ross MacDonald could not sit back and watch them be destroyed. Watch the making of the Letters of Newtown Tumblr here:

Follow the Letters of Newtown Tumblr, but do so with a box of tissues handy, the letters from children, in particular, are incredibly moving.