DALLAS -- WFAA-TV's phone bank fundraiser on Friday for police officers affected by Thursday's deadly shooting set a new record as our largest ever.
A total of $155,646 in phone call donations came in between 4 p.m. and 8:35 p.m. The phone bank was supposed to go only until 7 p.m., but calls kept coming in.
As part of the effort to give, WFAA and its parent company TEGNA, donated $50,000 through the TEGNA Foundation.
That, along with a $50,000 from the Orix Foundation Matching Grant, brought the total money raised through WFAA to $255,646 on Friday.
“This is a sincere gesture to assist those officers and their families," said WFAA-TV President and General Manager Mike Devlin. "We are proud and honored to help them in their time of need."
Dallas’ Assist the Officer Foundation is the beneficiary of WFAA’s Stand United campaign. The foundation provides financial help to officers who are facing the loss of income due to serious injury, life-threatening illness, or other catastrophic events. Immediate assistance is also available to an officer’s family in the event of the death of an active officer.
All money donated will go directly to assist the 12 officers shot and the families of the five officers killed.
You may still donate online by clicking here. You can also donate in-store at any Tom Thumb store in the area through next week.