CLEVELAND - The details of how donations to the Cleveland Courage Fund will be distributed to the Cleveland kidnapping victims are still being worked out, according to Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins.
The fund was set up by Cummins, of Ward 14, and council members Dona Brady, of Ward 17, and Matt Zone, of Ward 15, to help the three women and child who were held captive inside a Seymour Avenue home. Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Berry's daughter were discovered inside the home one week ago.
Cummins said he is in discussions with the women's attorneys about how to make sure the women receive every penny of the donations. Right now, the Cleveland Foundation is holding the donations until a plan is in place.
"The Cleveland Foundation monies, we control right now, and we want to turn them over to the attorneys. We want to get assurances when we do that that 100 percent of the monies will go to benefit the families," Cummins said.
Cummins also said, so far, donations have not been used to set up the fund.
"Nobody's been paid anything. We've gone out of pocket to set up the website. We've gone out of pocket to promote the Facebook page. Nobody's taken a dime and nobody's expended a dime of what's come in," he said.
There are several ways you can donate to the Cleveland Courage Fund.
Donors can give online at clevelandfoundation.org\courage .
Donations may also be mailed to: Cleveland Courage Fund , c/o the Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Ave., Suite 1300, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.
The Cleveland Foundation will issue a tax receipt for all donations received.
Donors can also give to the Cleveland Courage Fund at any Key Bank branch in northeast Ohio.
If you would like to donate services, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provide a brief description of the service being offered, including location, contact information, any restrictions, as well as an expiration date of the services being offered.
Cards, gifts, and goods can be left at The Family Ministry Center. The center's address is: 3381 Fulton Rd., Cleveland, Ohio, 44109.
Donations will be accepted at the south entrance of the church Monday through Fridays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center will also provide a site for spiritual reflection and interfaith prayer.
Julie Jones, the center's executive director, said people may want to wait before they make a donation.
"At this point we don't have an explicit list from the women of what they would really like so we would ask that the community hold off a little bit until we know what they really want," she said.