Victims Fund opened for Chesapeake, VA Shooting; 100% directly to victims
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2022 - VictimsFirst has started a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to ensure 100% of donations are given directly to victims of the Wal-mart shooting that took place on November 22, 2022 in Chesapeake, Virginia.
The Chesapeake Shooting Victims Fund (Virginia) can be accessed using the following link:
“We are devastated that so many families this year will have an empty chair at their Thanksgiving table because of gun violence, and now there are six more families in Chesapeake experiencing the same,” said VictimsFirst VP Zachary Blair. “Just know, we’re here to help.”
VictimsFirst comprises two decades of families of previous mass shootings who have been re-victimized by nonprofits that collect donations from a trusting public without the intention of giving 100% to victims. VictimsFirst is aligned with VTVCare, which was founded and is overseen by the VaTech mass shooting families and survivors.
“For those of us who have lived through a mass shooting, we know the financial repercussions,” said Tiara Parker, Director of VictimsFirst and wounded survivor of the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. “This is why there should always be a real Victims Fund where every penny collected goes directly to the victims so that they can manage their own financial needs.”
From 2021-2022, VictimsFirst has granted over $8.9M directly to victims/survivors of mass shootings, including the King Sooper’s Shooting in Boulder, Colorado that occurred on March 22, 2021, the Buffalo Tops’ mass shooting that occurred on May 14, 2022, and the Robb Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas that occurred on May 24, 2022.
Both VictimsFirst and VTVCare believe in full transparency and urge all nonprofit organizations to do the same.
For more information, please contact:
Anita Busch (213) 440-1771 and/or Joe Samaha (703) 627-0933