What’s next for your donations for Marshall County shooting victims

MARSHALL COUNTY, KY – Donations continue to pour in for families impacted by the Marshall County High School shooting.

Randy Newcomb, director of the Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, started one of the first fundraisers and the first checking account for the cause at CFSB bank. He bought 10,000 #MarshallStrong bracelets Tuesday to sell for $1 each, expecting to raise a total of $10,000.

The KLCVB quickly realized they’d need more bracelets. Newcomb’s office ordered an additional 23,000. Blake Anderson, on behalf of several local Five Star gas stations, also donated 10,000 bracelets to the cause. “They may only be a dollar, but people are being very generous. We had a person come in and write a $300 check and ask for one bracelet, and it happens every day,” Newcomb said.

Newcomb has surpassed $40,000 in bracelet sales and still has some available. You can check out CFSB branches in Benton, Calvert City, Murray and Paducah, as well as the Re/Max offices in Benton and Murray. You can also stop by the KYCVB office and pick one up. He says his office still has around 5,000 left and expects to run out by the end of the week.

Newcomb did not want to give a specific amount for the money in the Marshall Strong account, because he says more money is coming. Many fundraisers are still going on, and they haven’t collected T-shirt money raised from several businesses, including the Lexington-based company Shop Local Kentucky. They’ve raised more than $150,000, according to owner Rick Paynter.

Paynter says orders have come in from all 50 states!

“One of the biggest things that I hear from people is they want to do something but they don’t know how, so for us to give a channel for them to be able to donate some money and have a cool shirt in the meantime, that shows support,” Paynter said.

It is still undecided where the money will go. It could go to different places like medical expenses, lost wages, or even scholarships for the victims. “We want to make sure we’re doing it correctly. We want to make sure we’re making sure this money goes to help those people in the best way possible,” Newcomb said.

There are two accounts: the Marshall Strong account at CFSB and the Youth Services Fund of Marshall County at First Kentucky Bank. The Rotary Club is in charge of both, and donations to both accounts are tax deductible.

Newcomb says he did not want the sole responsibility of distributing the money. He tells us the Rotary Club will form a committee of four or five Rotarians and four or five community members to oversee the money’s future. “We want to make sure we’re doing it correctly. We want to make sure we’re making sure this money goes to help those people in the best way possible,” Newcomb said.

He offers suggestions for the money like paying medical expenses, lost wages, or even funding scholarships for the victims. All of these ideas and more are on the table.

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