For Immediate Release
April 8, 2014
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Donate to the victims of Fort Hood via the National Compassion Fund at NationalCompassionFund.org
Or donations can be made via text by texting “SURVIVOR” to 84465. The $10 will be added to your phone bill.*
The National Center for Victims of Crime today announced they have joined together with Fort Hood to collect donations from the public on behalf of the victims and families of the mass shooting on April 2.
100% of donations collected by the National Compassion Fund will go directly to the families of the deceased and those victims injured.
The Fund is the first and only of its kind serving the victims of mass casualty crimes.
"Fort Hood has received an enormous outpouring of donation support from our local and national communities,” said Col. Paul Reese, III Corps and Fort Hood Chief of Operations. “Currently, all donations are being accepted by The National Center for Victims of Crime. Please visit their web site at www.NationalCompassionFund.org in order to donate.”
“We know of no other Fund set up especially for mass crime victims where the public knows that every dollar they donate is going directly to those victims,” said Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.
“These victims will struggle to recover physically and mentally, in the months and years ahead. This Fund ensures that money generously donated by the public will go directly to them,” she said.
Making a direct donation to the victims via the National Compassion Fund is easy, secure and fully transparent.
Any member of the public can visit the National Compassion Fund Website and donate via credit or debit card, mail a check, or a $10 donation can be made by texting SURVIVOR to 84456. If you use our secure credit/debit card facility, there will be a 3 per cent transaction fee, and we ask that donors consider covering this fee. Donations are tax deductible.
Background on the National Compassion Fund
The National Compassion Fund was jointly developed by the National Center for Victims of Crime with 70 victims and families of some of the worst mass-casualty crimes in United States history - including 9/11, Columbine, Virginia Tech, NIU, Aurora, Oak Creek Sikh Temple, and Sandy Hook. The Fund distributes money donated as cash payments to the victims, and they themselves decide how best to use the money to recover and rebuild their lives. The Fund is overseen by the National Center for Victims of Crime, and advised by a panel of experts in crime victim compensation and recovery. The panel includes representatives of the victims of past mass casualty crimes. For more information about the National Compassion Fund and the crime victims who have made this Fund possible, please visit our website: www.NationalCompassionFund.com.
Background on the National Center for Victims of Crime
For 30 years, the National Center for Victims of Crime has served, resourced and advocated for crime victims in the United States, and those organizations who serve them. The National Center is a 501c3 charitable organization. For more information about our work, please visit the National Center for Victims of Crime Website www.victimsofcrime.org.