Yoga instructor distributes 13 gift cards to Newtown police

When Shelton yoga instructor Linda Antignani decided to do something to help police officers who responded to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 26 dead, she never expected her efforts to get such a response.

Antignani, who lives in Stratford and runs Mother’s Embrace Yoga, began collecting money last month to buy grocery gift cards for the officers, many of whom were too traumatized to go back to work. The result was thousands of dollars in donations, which Antignani swiftly put toward her cause. On Saturday, she distributed 13 $500 cards to Newtown’s police liaison, and plans to keep collecting.
“I hope the momentum will continue,” she said. “We have a long way go. These officers aren’t back to work yet.”

Antignani said, shortly after she put out a call for donations. she began receiving responses from all over the state and beyond. One of her donors was the Central Florida Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. She also heard from a Florida police officer who designed shirts for the cause and a Facebook page she created for the effort has nearly 300 likes.

Since turning over the first round of gift cards, she’s already received an email from one of the officers, thanking her for organizing the collection. Antignani said she’s hoping people continue to be generous, and use the “Sandy Hook Officers Donation” link on the Mother’s Embrace page,

Amanda Cuda