CLEVELAND - Two funds were set up this week to help the three young women and 6-year-old child rescued this week from a west side Cleveland home.
The Cleveland Courage Fund of the Cleveland Foundation was established by Cleveland council members Brian Cummins, Matt Zone, and Dona Brady to benefit kidnapping survivors Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and Amanda Berry and her daughter.
Donations to the fund will go to qualified nonprofit organizations to benefit the survivors and their families.
Under IRS rules, when funds are donated directly to individuals, the recipients must pay taxes on that money. The survivors and their families do not need to pay taxes on services received from nonprofits.
The Cleveland Foundation will not assess fees on this fund, so all money raised will go to help survivors and their families. Donors can give online at clevelandfoundation.org\courage.
The Cleveland Foundation will issue a tax receipt for all donations received.
The Cleveland Courage Fund at Key Bank is a separate fund, not affiliated with the Cleveland Foundation. This fund, too, will benefit survivors and their families through nonprofit organizations. People can personally drop off donations at any Key branch in Northeast Ohio or nationwide.
For both accounts, the council members are working with other community leaders to identify nonprofit organizations that can provide the flexibility to maximize the benefits to survivors and their families.
Cards and Gifts:
Cleveland police said the outpouring of support for Berry, DeJesus and Knight has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated.
They are asking that in order to give the women their privacy, that people not drop off cards or gifts at their homes.
Gifts for Amanda Berry, excluding cash, can be dropped off at the First District, located at 3895 West 130th Street in Cleveland.
Cards and Gifts for Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, excluding cash, can be dropped off at the Second District, located at 3418 Fulton Road. Please clearly mark packages with the girl's names and "Care of Commander Sulzer".