Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Community Food Bank Raises More Than $75K in Giffords' Name

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Mark Kelly, the husband of stricken Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, suggested in the wake of her shooting that people who wanted to help should consider donating to the Community Food Bank or the Southern Arizona chapter of the American Red Cross.

That's opened a floodgate of contributions to the Community Food Bank. Jack Parris, the food bank's public-relations manager, says the organization has already received $75,000 for a fund that bears Giffords' name.

At some point in the (hopefully near) future, the food bank will give Giffords and Kelly a chance to designate how they'd like the money to help, said Parris.

If you would like to get in on the donations, contact the Community Food Bank:

Community Food Bank
3003 S. Country Club Road, No. 221
Tucson, AZ 85713
Donate online at communityfoodbank.com or call (520) 622-0525.

Here's a round-up of other ways you can help:

Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship Fund
Joop Rubens, Social Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
To donate, contact Joop Rubens at (831) 502-7275 or jrubens@ucsc.edu.

The Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship Fund has raised slightly more than $10,000, said fund co-creator Jonathan Klein, a UC Santa Cruz alum and San Francisco attorney.

After discovering Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ outreach director Gabriel Zimmerman, a UCSC alum, was killed in the Jan. 8 shooting, Klein said the first thing that came to his head was that he should start a UCSC scholarship fund in Zimmerman’s name.

Klein started the fund alongside Joop Rubens, associate director of development for Social Sciences at UC Santa Cruz.

“We have been flooded by phone calls and e-mails. There were a tremendous amount of people who either knew Gabe or were touched by his passing,” Rubens said. “He was doing such great things with his life.”

Rubens said he is optimistic the scholarship fund will reach the $50,000 needed for the fund to be endowed.

“We want to be able to give this every year,” Rubens said.

Christina Taylor Green Memorial Fund
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
2250 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719

Donate via e-mail to christinataylorgreenmemorial@cfsoaz.org, or call (520) 545-0313.

John M. Roll Memorial Fund
James E. Rogers College of Law
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721
Donate online at law.arizona.edu

Tucson Tragedy Victims Fund
Homicide Survivors
32 N. Stone Ave., Ste. 1408
Tucson, AZ 85701
Donate online at azhomicidesurvivors.org or call (520) 740-5729.

The Tucson Community Food Bank and the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross are accepting donations in Giffords’ name.

Community Food Bank
3003 S. Country Club Road, No. 221
Tucson, AZ 85713
Donate online at communityfoodbank.com or call (520) 622-0525

American Red Cross, Southern Arizona Chapter
2916 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
Donate online at redcrossarizona.org/giffords, call (520) 318-6740.

Safeway Foundation Tucson Victims Fund
Safeway Foundation, Safeway Arizona Division
2750 S. Priest Drive
Tempe, AZ 85282
Donations can also be made at any Safeway store.

Well wishes for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords can be sent via e-mail to giffordswellwishes@gmail.com

A candlelight vigil to honor victims and their families is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22, at 5:30 p.m. outside of University Medical Center, 4280 N. Campbell Ave.

Optum Health has set up a 24-hour free hotline for those in need of grief counseling. For counseling, call (866) 342-6892.

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