"In our country when our citizens are in need the people come through. Currently, the tornado victims in Oklahoma need support; we helped with the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the flooding in New Jersey, and New York. As a nation, we don't let these people down. In our city, Cleveland, we don't let our people down.
The article said that the three women, the survivors of that atrocity, expressed their surprise at the outpouring of gifts of money, donations of goods, and services. There are no words I can use to express the feelings I have for what happened to these three women... and their families.
In the days and the weeks since their discovery, it has been a process - to process the whole thing. The torment they endured, the torture their family's had to live with for such a long time. At times, in the morning, or when sitting and my mind will wander, I think of .. 10 years, 9 years, 8 years. I can't even fathom one year of that. One month of that. It really frightened me to think of what one day might have been."
"So, now, to give some money to help them recover, what of that? How can someone not want to help in some way?"
Below is a link to The Cleveland Courage Fund which was established as a fund just to donate to these three women and their needs. In the news I found that, if they were to receive donations from other charities, they would need to pay taxes on the support. The Cleveland Courage Fund is a trust, which will hold the money until the women's needs are outlined. According to the news organizations, this is the safest place to donate for them. When situations arise where people's hearts are tugged at, many donation centers will pop up. Some will be fraud. Others may be well intentioned, however much of the money will go to administrative costs. With The
(CLEVELAND - The details of how donations to the Cleveland Courage Fund will be distributed to the Cleveland kidnapping victims ... "
The fund was set up by Cummins, of Ward 14, and council members Dona Brady, of Ward 17, and Matt Zone, of Ward 15, to help the three women and child who were held captive inside a Seymour Avenue home. Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Berry's daughter were discovered inside the home one week ago.
Cummins said he is in discussions with the women's attorneys about how to make sure the women receive every penny of the donations. Right now, the Cleveland Foundation is holding the donations until a plan is in place. (This article was dated May 13th.)
The Cleveland Courage Fund - Help Rebuild Their Lives... is the appropriate place to give a donation to help these families.