July 22, 2014

Donations for shooting victims

Donations are pouring in to help victims of the shootings at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, a horrific event officials are treating as an act of domestic terrorism.

One online fund was created by the family of Sikh Temple of Wisconsin President Satwant Singh Kaleka, who is being called a hero after he was killed during his attempt to stop the shooter.

None of the money collected will benefit the Kaleka family, according to a statement on WeAreSikhs.com. Instead, 100% of all contributions will go directly to lower-income families who lost loved ones, to those injured in the shooting, and to repairing the building.

Six members of the 400-person congregation were shot and killed on Sunday, before a police officer was able to take out the shooter, 40-year-old Wade Michael Page.

In lieu of flowers, the Sikh community asks that donations be sent online or send checks payable to Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, Tri City National Bank, 3378 South 27th Street, Milwaukee WI 53215. Money will also help the officer who was shot nine times upon responding to the attack.

One site, in addition to collection money and asking for prayers, urges people to be more informed about the Sikh faith.

At last check, around $136,000 had been donated at WeAreSikhs. The goal is to raise $300,000.