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Guide to Fundraisers & Ways to Help The Families Affected by The Tops Shooting

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Written by Step Out Staff

Published on May 17, 2022
Photo courtesy of Larkin Square

After the horrific, racism-fueled attack on WNY’s Black community, many organizations are coming together to host fundraisers and donation sites that honor the victims who lost their lives as well as offer support for their friends and families affected by the tragedy. Outside of donating to community fridges, here are more ways to get involved and come together as a community:

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1. #Onelove Fundraiser for the Families

“This Friday May 20th from 4-7pm in Larkin Square we will be selling Rasta Pasta and Jerk Chicken Dinners to raise funds for the families of the victims. Thank you to Be a Blessing Buffalo we have a live link to donate to. We are looking for sponsors for the food and alcohol, if you are willing please donate to the link below, make sure you make note on donation of #onelovesponsor. If you cannot make it to the event please donate anything you can and make the note #onelove so we know how much we have made.”

2. Community Support to Feed the East Side

“All money raised will provide hot meals, food deliveries, non-perishable items, toiletries and other items per family. This initiative is multifaceted and one we hope to continue past this traumatic event and act as a continuum of support to the East Side of Buffalo.”

3. Victims Fund for Tops Buffalo NY Shooting

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough to help the black community that was targeted in Saturdays shooting at Tops on Jefferson Ave. We need to ACT and help these families bury victims and offer financial assistance for those who need trauma counseling, support in any meaningful way.”

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4. The families of the Victims of Buffalo Shooting

“As a lifelong resident of Western NY, I have seen what Buffalonians can do for others and I hope we can once again bring that wonderful spirit of giving to provide some assistance to others in our community. All of the funds raised will be directed to the victims families to help them in this extremely difficult time.”

5. Buffalo Tragedy Donate to Victims’ Families

“I am absolutely devastated by the tragic events that happened in my Beautiful city of Buffalo. Absolutely saddened and heartbroken. My family’s thoughts, hearts, and love go out to the entire city tonight, but especially all of the families and friends of the innocent victims of this senseless tragedy. Please donate anything you can to help support victims families including funeral arrangements. God bless this beautiful city of Buffalo.”

6. Black Love Resists in the Rust Fundraiser

“We are working to link people to and pay for ongoing mental health services. We will also be partnering with Colored Girls Bike Too and other community members and orgs to ensure folks in the community have access to fresh foods.”

7. For the Love of Buffalo – Thurman Thomas Foundation

“Help us help our grieving community. Yesterday Buffalo and Western New York was shaken to it’s core at the horror of what occurred in our city. The pain and grief is hard to comprehend and it has us asking, “what can we do right now?” The Thurman Thomas Family Foundation is committing to donating $10,000 to efforts that will directly impact the families of the victims and the surrounding community. We will be working with community leaders and advocates for the families so that you can be certain that every dollar we raise starting today with our initial $10,000 donation and throughout this campaign will go to this effort. Now is the time to love each other and be the best neighbors possible.”

8. The African Heritage Food Co-op

“We cannot take ownership of our food system without engagement from our community. We need as many people as possible to stay engaged through membership, volunteering, and, of course, buying produce. We also can use donations as we work to transition to a brick and mortar store and spread our food system model to other cities.”

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9. Aaron Salter Jr. Fundraiser

“My name is Aaron Salter III and my dad Aaron Salter Jr was taken from the world May 14,2022. He gave his life to try and subdue the suspect that targeted a local tops for no reason and killed in cold blood. Please donate in this tragic time to help the family with this unforeseen tragedy. Thanks from the bottom of my heart❤️”

10. Totally Sweet Diaper Drive

“Totally Buffalo and Sweet Buffalo are teaming up for the Totally Sweet Diaper Drive to help families get the items they need for their babies after tragedy.”

Did we miss one? Send us a note!

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Written by Step Out Staff

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