How To Help Those Affected By The Dallas Police Shootings
Five Dallas police officers were killed and nine others were injured in a sniper attack following a peaceful protest July 7 in downtown Dallas. Two civilians were injured as well.
In light of the attack, here are some ways to help those affected.
Assist the Officer
To make a donation to help injured and deceased Dallas police officers, visit atodallas.org.
The Dallas division of RBC Wealth Management announced a $10,000 donation to the Assist the Officer foundation in Dallas to support the families of the police officers who died, according to a press release.
Line of Duty Fund
The Dallas Foundation established a fund to support Dallas Police Department and DART officers affected by Thursday’s shooting.You can make a donation here.
A statement from The Dallas Foundation:
“Our hearts are saddened by the loss of five Dallas police officers and the additional six injured during last night’s peaceful protests in Downtown Dallas. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those who were lost, and to the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) communities."
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick launched an online fundraising drive for the families of the police officers killed in the ambush Thursday. Gov. Greg Abbott and his wife kicked off the drive with a $5,000 donation. Any amount will be accepted. Donate to the drive here.
Recovery Fund For Dallas
Communities Foundation of Texas' Recovery Fund for Dallas "will contribute to medium to long term recovery efforts and community needs," the Communities Foundation says. "This fund will identify and support opportunities that address the needs of the larger community, such as efforts to repair the social fabric of our city through dialogue and addressing issues such as racial disparities, mental health-related education" and others. Donate here.
LEVEL Gallery has created Project Unity to benefit the families of the fallen officers and the community they have served. If you want to donate or get involved, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more on the gallery's Facebook page.
Here For Each Other
This bilingual resource — in English and Spanish, from Sesame Street and the New Jersey energy company PSEG — provides tips, ideas and activities to help adults and children cope with disasters and other stressful events.
Inside the Here for Each Other Family Guide (PDF), you'll find information on:
- Comforting and reassuring a child after an emergency.
- Modeling healthy ways of coping.
- Monitoring media intake and correcting inaccurate information.
- Looking for signs of stress in a child.
- Taking care of yourself as a parent.
- Answering common questions after a tough situation.
The Spanish version is called Cuidádonos uno al otra-Guía para la familia (PDF).
Dallas Strong BBQ
North Dallas Chamber of Commerce is hosting a barbecue and blood drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 15 at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. A plate of food is a $25 donation to Assist The Officer. To donate blood, you'll need to make an appointment through Carter BloodCare beforehand.
Many Dallas bars and restaurants are offering free food or raising money for Dallas police. Here's a running list from Dallas Observer.
Several blocks of in downtown Dallas were closed following the shooting, and employees working in that area couldn't access their offices. The following co-working spaces offered open desk seating, conference rooms, free WiFi and coffee in the days after the shooting.
- GeniusDen, 3106 Commerce Street
- Common Desk, 2919 Commerce Street
- Fort Work, 211 N Ervay Street #900
- NoD, 17290 Preston Road
- The Mix Coworking, 9125 Diceman Drive
- KoWork, 400 North St. Paul Street #900
Run For The Blue Dallas
Run For The Blue Dallas was a 5K and 1 mile run/walk held July 28 at Trinity Groves. Race entries are free, but participants will have the opportunity to make a donation, 100 percent of which will go to the families of the five slain officers. Chip timing will cost $5 and t-shirts, $20. Register here.
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