DALLAS -- Since the attack on police officers in downtown Dallas the night of July 7, the WFAA family has worked with partners locally and nationally to raise funds to directly aid family members of the Dallas Police Department and DART officers who were wounded or killed in the shooting.
On Friday, WFAA President and General Manager Mike Devlin presented a check for $716,000 to the Assist the Officer Foundation, a Dallas non-profit that delivers financial support to law enforcement officers facing the loss of income due to a serious injury, life-threatening illness, or other catastrophic situations.
The day after the shootings, WFAA employees manned a record-breaking phone bank to accept viewer donations, and since, we've been accepting donations through WFAA.com. You can still donate to the Assist the Officer Foundation directly at this link."Previously, we have collected donations online and through phone banks for various charitable causes," Devlin said in a statement. "However, in this case, the community response has been beyond anything we have experienced."
Dallas Assist the Officer Chairman Frederick Frazier says the funds will be put to good use.
"The outpouring of financial support from across the country proves that when it comes to supporting law enforcement in a crisis, Americans are there for us," Frazier said.
Here's a breakdown of the funds raised under the Stand United banner for the Assist the Officer Foundation:
- WFAA (online and phone bank): $417,597
- Tom Thumb customers: $173,304
- ORIX Foundation: $50,000
- Texas Instruments Foundation: $25,000
- TEGNA Foundation: $25,000
- WFAA/TEGNA Foundation: $25,000
Additionally, Tom Thumb customers can still donate in-store through July 25.