People affected by Waukesha parade tragedy can apply for help through United for Waukesha fund
WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Peopled affected by the Waukesha Christmas parade attack will be able to apply for funds through the United for Waukesha Community Fund starting this Friday, Dec. 10.
Anyone affected by the tragedy will get a portion of those donations. So far, the fund has raised more than $4.6 million, which includes the $1 million match from the Fotsch Family.
"Almost 14-thousand gifts have come in, large and small, and together those really are making a big difference," Shelli Marquardt said.
The first payments went to the six families who lost a loved one.
"We did give them 25-thousand dollars and that's just to make sure they cover costs of things and recognizing that future payments, we believe, are going to be larger. There could be one to two more payments. It's all based on the number of applicants we receive," Marquardt said.
She said anyone else impacted, either physically or psychologically, can apply for help on Friday, Dec. 10.
"And we're going to leave it open through Feb. 28," Marquardt said
She said the application process will be simple, asking for name, address and proof of hospitalization or type of injury, if you had one.
"It's just really the basic information that we need to verify that they are impacted by the parade and what the impact was," she said.
Marquardt said there will also be help given to those who witnessed it, and were not necessarily injured.
"There will be additional categories that have to do with mental health and care that is received in the community beyond that," she said. "When our protocol comes out on the tenth, we are going to list some agencies we recommend, and have been vetted by us, to reach out to and seek mental health."
Applications will be available here.