How To Help the Families of the Buffalo Shooting Victims: Complete Resource

Three ways that you can take action and support.

Credit: People leave messages at a makeshift memorial near a Tops Grocery store in Buffalo, New York, on May 15, 2022, the day after a gunman shot dead 10 people. - Grieving residents from the US city of Buffalo held vigils Sunday after a white gunman who officials have deemed "pure evil" shot dead 10 people at a grocery store in a racially-motivated rampage (Photo by Usman KHAN / AFP) (Photo by USMAN KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Credit: People leave messages at a makeshift memorial near a Tops Grocery store in Buffalo, New York, on May 15, 2022, the day after a gunman shot dead 10 people. - Grieving residents from the US city of Buffalo held vigils Sunday after a white gunman who officials have deemed "pure evil" shot dead 10 people at a grocery store in a racially-motivated rampage (Photo by Usman KHAN / AFP) (Photo by USMAN KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

On Saturday, May 14, 2022, a tragic racist hate crime shook the nation. A white 18-year-old man who allegedly believed in the “great replacement” conspiracy theory opened fire at a Buffalo supermarket, specifically targeting Black Americans, ultimately shooting 13 people and killing 10. The ages of the victims range from 20 to 86. The shooter reportedly posted a hate-filled manifesto that called for non-white people to be “eliminated.”

Aaron Salter, 55, Ruth Whitfield, 86, Pearly Young, 77, Katherine Massey, 72, Heyward “Tenny” Patterson, 67, Celestine Chaney, 65, Roberta A. Drury, 32, Marcus D. Morrison, 52, Andre Mackneil, 53, and Geraldine Talley, 62, lost their lives in the heinous attack.

As the families mourn their loved ones, many in the community are now experiencing uncertainty and widespread fear spawned from the attack, and wondering how they can offer their help and support from across the nation.

Here’s how you can help the affected families and community members:


 

1. Funeral Expense and Family Support Funds:


You can help by donating to the families of the victims. GoFundMe has verified the following fundraisers:

The families of the victims of Buffalo shooting: Fundraiser to cover lost wages of victims’ families as well as medical and funeral costs

Buffalo Memorial: Fundraiser to cover funeral expenses

Buffalo Mass Shooting Help The Families Fund: Cash payments that directly support the victims’ families

Buffalo Tragedy Donate to victims families: Cover funeral costs and support victims’ families

 

2. Grief, Trauma, and Crisis Counseling:

You can help affected residents receive necessary grief counseling by donating to the following funds and promoting these mental health resource centers:

West Herr Auto Group- Has already donated $300k to affected families.

Victims Fund for Tops Buffalo NY Shooting: Funding trauma counseling for affected families

Crisis Services counselors are available 24 hours a day.

Mental Health Advocates of Western New York support groups and wraparound services for teens, adults and families in the Buffalo area.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

3. Food Donations and Funds: