United Way, Wells Fargo among those accepting donations for shooting victims

January 21, 2014 • Local News

In the wake of last week’s shooting incident at Berrendo Middle School, charitable works and d[auth] onation funds to benefit the victims abound — leaving many people confused.

Chaves County United Way is working in cooperation with Wells Fargo Bank to collect funds. United Way Executive Director Sherry Mumford said 100 percent of all donations are going to the families of victims.

Checks sent to the organization should be made out to United Way, but Berrendo Fund should be written on the description line.

“We are not keeping any of the money,” Mumford said.

Checks can be sent or taken in to United Way offices at 400 N. Pennsylvania Ave. People can also donate online using Paypal through their website at

People can send cards and notes through the United Way.

After a rocky start, Erica Cheromiah at Wells Fargo North, 2900 N. Main St., has organized a fund account. People need to mention Berrendo Donation Fund.

According to District Manager Gabriel Gonzales, people should be able to donate at any branch. For more information, call 622-3494.

Mumford explained that the money from the Wells Fargo account will be transferred directly to the United Way for distribution. The first distribution of funds will be made today.

Applebee’s Restaurant, 2212 N. Main St., is having a special luncheon today where 15 percent of the proceeds from any meals purchased from opening to close go to help Berrendo Middle School. The funds will be sent on to United Way. The restaurant has also set up a donation box, for those who may not have time for a meal, but want to donate.

These are by no means the only charitable efforts available. First Convenience Bank, located inside Walmart, has a sign with information about how to make a donation. Classic’s Frozen Custard, 3009 N. Main St. is also collecting donations.

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