The pop rock group OneRepublic is spearheading an online fundraising campaign to help the families of the 26 victims who lost their lives in last week's Connecticut elementary school shooting and as of Tuesday afternoon, more than $73,000 has been raised.
The goal, according to the fundraising website, was $50,000 and there are 27 days left to go.
"The one thing that we can do immediately is donate money to these families," singer Ryan Tedder says in a YouTube video posted on the page. "A lot of people won't be able to go back to work for weeks and weeks and weeks. Some of them lost the actual breadwinners of their families."
On Friday, December 14, a man shot dead 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in what marked one of the deadliest and most shocking tragedies in U.S. history. The victims include 20 children and six adults -- two teachers, two teachers' aides, a psychologist and the school's principal.
"There's funerals to pay for, there's all kind of medical things, both physiological and physical that are going to be needing funding and the last thing that any of them should be worrying about it money," Tedder says. "So thankfully, it's 2012, we have the internet and nothing is quicker than that. So please, if you feel so inclined, donate five bucks, 10 bucks, 500, 5,000, as much or as little."
He said that the group had put in $20,000 to start the fund, which was created a day after the shooting.
"I don't know of any quicker, more immediate way of helping the victims of the Connecticut school shooting than removing any fear of financial obligation or worry what so ever. So we'd love for you to do your part and help us in this. Thank you," Tedder said.
OneRepublic said in a Twitter message on Tuesday, December 18: "Over $70K raised 4 Sandy Hook shooting victims with $30k in add'l commitments- that's $100K in 48 hrs! Lets hit $500k!"
OneRepublic is known for singles such as "Apologize" and "Secrets." On Tuesday, the band released a new song, "If I Lose Myself," which is currently streaming on SoundCloud. The track is featured on the band's upcoming third studio album, "Native," which is due to hit stores next year.
A day after the shooting, NBC's late-night sketch series "Saturday Night Live" paid tribute to the shooting victims with a performance of "Silent Night" by the New York City Children's Chorus.
On Monday, NBCs singing contest series "The Voice" honored the victims of the Connecticut school shooting with a moving performance of Leonard Cohen's 1984 ballad "Hallelujah."
Coaches Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green Adam Levine joined finalists Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott and Nicholas David, host Carson Daly and social media correspondent Christina Milian on stage on Monday's episode to sing the popular ballad, made famous by Jeff Buckley in 1994, as candles flickered in front of them. Watch the performance here.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres dedicated her first taped show since the shooting to the victims of the tragedy. It aired on Tuesday.
"My goal for this show every day is to make you happy, to make you feel good for an hour," she said. "I want it to be a safe zone. I want it to be light and filled with joy. I want you to know that you can watch with your family and it won't be mean or sad. I want it to be uplifting, and I want to celebrate all that's good with life."
"And we're going to do the show today, but it's going to be a struggle because my heart is broken for those families and for all the people in Newtown," she added. "We're holding you in our hearts and today's show is dedicated to you."