#KalamazooStrong: How you can help

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) – People looking to donate to help the victims of the Kalamazoo County shooting rampage now have two options.

The Battle Creek Community Foundation has set up a fund to provide resources to the grieving community.

Proceeds to the organization’s Help Now fund may go to helping the shooting victims and their families as well as community counseling, anti-violence programs and vigils.

The Battle Creek Community Foundation said the Help Now fund may also cover the costs toward safety planning and programs that reduce violence.

The foundation said the Kellogg Company, where one of the victims once worked, provided the first donation.

We are deeply saddened by these tragic events and brokenhearted to learn that one of the victims, Barbara Hawthorne, belonged to our Kellogg family. She retired in 2008 after 22 years of Kellogg service. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barbara’s family and friends, as well as all of the victims of this crime and their families.

We are collaborating with the Battle Creek Community Foundation as the lead funder supporting the “Help Now!” fund to assist the families of those impacted by Saturday night’s shootings and to provide support to other victims of violence in the Battle Creek/Kalamazoo community,” said Kellog Company Chairman and CEO John Bryant in a statement Monday.

A $10 donation can be made by texting “Support Now” to 20222 or by mailing a check to:

Help Now!
Battle Creek Community Foundation
32 W. Michigan, Ste. 1
Battle Creek, MI 49017

The Mattawan High School class of 2016 also started a GoFundMe page to support the family of Rich and Tyler Smith. Thousands of dollars have already been raised.

>>Our sister station WOOD first reported this story

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