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sketchySteven 9:09pm, 17 April 2007
In addition to donations you can make to the Virginia Tech Foundation, you can also use the United Way of Montogmery County website to donate to families and vicitims of this tragedy online.
sketchySteven 15 years ago
sketchySteven 15 years ago
Donations can also be given directly to the Virginia Tech Foundation.
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nikaboyce 15 years ago
Possum: thanks for the heads up! I put up their logo with the links and the following:

I have just called these people and this is legitimate. This is the United Way that serves the Blacksburg region.

The lovely woman that I spoke with said, when asked what the donated money will be for, that they talked to the Fund organizers in Columbine and Oklahoma to determine what needs must be met after a tragedy like this. There are short term, medium term, long term, and very long term issues that must be addressed.

Some short term include monies for people who can not afford funerals, travel to be with and gather the dead, transportation for the dead to their home communities, transportation for families of the injured, costs of the injured, costs associated with wholly disrupted lives while they try to do the things that they never thought in a million years that they would have to do, claim the body of their precious child.

Link to the United Way Emergency Fund page.



TRAGEDY AT VIRGINIA TECH - FUND ESTABLISHED

United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd (UWMRF) established the United in Caring Fund for Victims of the VA Tech Tragedy this afternoon, announced Executive Director Kymn Davidson-Hamley.

"Our United Way’s efforts in our local community are focused on strengthening health and human services," Hamley said. "When such a devastating tragedy strikes our local community, we want to provide a way for people to reach out with compassion to those who are suffering from this tragedy."

"We are in shock and deeply saddened by the losses in the Virginia Tech community and the beautiful lives that have been senselessly taken," Davidson-Hamley added. "My son’s soccer coaches are students. One staff member is an alumnus. Another staff member has two sons at Virginia Tech. We have work study students from Virginia Tech. When you live in this community, your life is undoubtedly touched by the university."

Davidson-Hamley said the United in Caring Fund for Victims of the VA Tech Tragedy will provide assistance for funeral expenses, transportation for family members, and mental health services support, to name a few specific examples.

Those wishing to donate to the fund can make contributions via UWMRF’s website by clicking at the end of this webpage or by mailing gifts to UWMRF, PO BOX 6202, Christiansburg, VA 24068. Davidson-Hamley asks those sending payments via mail to clearly indicate that they wish their donation to go specifically to the United in Caring Fund for Victims of the VA Tech Tragedy.

No administrative fees will be charged to individual donors contributing to the fund, Davidson-Hamley said.

Former Virginia Tech football player and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has joined the effort. Davidson-Hamley said The [Michael] Vick Foundation announced the first gift to the United in Caring Fund for Victims of the VA Tech Tragedy - a $10,000 donation. Vick challenged Atlanta and the nation to match his gift in a show of support for those suffering from yesterday’s shootings at Virginia Tech.

For more information on the fund, contact United Way of Montgomery, Radford & Floyd at (540) 381-2066 or stephanie@unitedwaynrv.org.

People seeking information for immediate crisis assistance can call Virginia’s Information and Referral Line simply by dialing 2-1-1.
sketchySteven 15 years ago
Thanks Nika....i've been getting some criticism, so I pulled my posts from individual pics and will leave just use buttons in my own stream and in the 3 or 4 group posts I've made. I am not an opportunist....just want to help however I can. I'm a very active flickr person and just want my contacts and interested individuals to know that we can all do something.
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