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Tucson shootings: How to help, where to get help

In the wake of the Jan. 8 shooting that killed 6 and injured 13 others, many charity funds and other ways to help in the community have been set up.

Families of some of the victims have set up funds at their loved ones' favorite charities.

Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' community outreach director, was killed in the shooting. Zimmerman also served as a board member at Child and Family Resources, where his family has set up a fund in his name. 

"It's an incredible tragedy that such a young life was snuffed at its prime," said Eric Schindler, the organization's president. "Gabe was an old soul in a young man's body who was a real special treasure for Tucson," he said in a news release.

Child and Family Resources offers programs for parents, often at no cost to the families, which strengthen parenting skills and build stronger and healthier families within the community. The organization also offers early childcare and education programs that ensure quality education for children by monitoring childcare facilities around the state.

Donations can be made online at www.childfamillyresources.org or mailed to:

  • Child & Family Resources
  • 2800 E. Broadway Blvd.
  • Tucson, AZ 85716

Donations in memory of Zimmerman may also be made to the Gabriel Zimmerman Scholarship Fund at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Donations can be made via mail or by contacting Joop Rubens at 831-502-7275 or jrubens@ucsc.edu.

  • Joop Rubens, Social Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
  • 1156 High St.
  • Santa Cruz, CA 95064

A memorial fund has also been set up by the family of Christina-Taylor Green, the nine-year-old girl killed in Saturday's attempt on the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. 

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The charity fund was set up to honor "honor the life and memory of this special little girl," a news release said.

"Our family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for our sweet Christina. This memorial fund will ensure her legacy for the children in our community," said John Green, Christina's father.

To donate to the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund email christinataylorgreenmemorial@cfsoaz.org, or call 545-0313.

Checks may be sent to:

  • Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
  • In Memory of Christina-Taylor Green
  • 2250 E. Broadway
  • Tucson, AZ 85719

A University of Arizona scholarship fund is being set up in the name of Green and Daniel Hernandez, a Giffords intern credited with saving her life.

Donations to the scholarship fund may be sent to:

  • Ginny Healy
  • The University of Arizona
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Douglass 200W
  • P.O. Box 210028
  • Tucson, AZ 85721

Donations in memory of Judge John M. Roll, who was also killed in the Jan. 8 shooting, may be mailed to:

  • John M. Roll Memorial Fund
  • James E. Rogers College of Law
  • P.O. Box 210176
  • Tucson, AZ 85721

Donations may also be made online at law.arizona.edu.

The Tucson Tragedy Victim Fund will be earmarked specifically to help victims, witnesses, and families of the Jan. 8, mass shooting, and has been established in recognition that the shooting has had far-reaching consequences, affecting not only those who were directly victimized, but witnesses and family members who will be actively involved as cases progress through the criminal justice system.

Donations may be sent to:

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  • Tucson Tragedy Victim Fund
  • c/o Homicide Survivors, Inc.
  • 32 N. Stone Ave., Ste. 1408
  • Tucson, AZ 85701
  • or phone 740-5729

Many of the victims may be eligible for funds from the Pima County Crime Victim Compensation Fund, which is administered by the Pima County Attorney's Office.

This fund is comprised solely of fines and fees paid by defendants in the criminal justice system, and can assist victims in paying for medical costs, counseling expenses, loss of wages, and funeral expenses. It is a fund of last resort after other sources of payment, such as insurance, have been exhausted. Any victim or witness may be eligible for crime victim compensation.

To get an application or for more information, please contact the Pima County Attorney's Office at 740-5525 or visit www.pcao.pima.gov.

Other ways to donate include:

The Tucson Community Food Bank and the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross are accepting donations on behalf of Giffords. Donations benefit the Community Food Bank at 3003 S. Country Club Road, No. 221 Tucson, AZ 85713

Donate online at communityfoodbank.com or call 622-0525.

The Red Cross, 2916 E. Broadway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85716, is accepting donations online at redcrossarizona.org/giffords, or call 318-6740.

Safeway Foundation Tucson Victims Fund is accepting donations at any Safeway store or checks can be mailed to:

  • Safeway Foundation Tucson Victims Fund
  • Safeway Arizona Division
  • 2750 S. Priest Drive
  • Tempe, AZ 85282

For members of the community who would like to send well wishes to Giffords, messages can be sent 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.

Grief counseling

Optum Health has set up a free 24-hour hot line: 866-342-6892.

Dignity Memorial Network is also offering a free 24-hour hot line: 1-800-854-8080.

Another free 24-hour hot line has been set up by the Arizona Department of Health Services Division of Behavioral Health Services and Magellan Health Services of Arizona. Call 284-3517 in Pima County, or 1-800-203-2273 from outside the Tucson area.

Victims, witnesses and their families can call the Pima County Attorney's Office Victim Services Division at 740-5525 weekdays during business hours.

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