It’s amazing and humbling to see the deep empathy the country exudes after a tragedy.
After representative Gabrielle Gifford’s husband mentioned the name of the Community Food Bank in Tucson, Arizona in a statement, the charity saw a huge influx of donations — more than $18,000 in seven hours.
Bill Carnegie, the CEO of the food bank, says that donations mostly come from the local area but that the $18,000 came from all over the country.
"They started at 8 a.m. this morning, and just keep pouring in from everywhere. Most donations are around $50, so you can imagine the number of phone calls and activity on our website that have been going on to generate $18,000."
Gifford has been a long-time supporter of the food bank and has helped raise money for it in the past.
"She and her staffers came over here on December 18 and spent about two hours here thanking our staff and our volunteers for everything they were doing to help fight hunger. She's a really good friend, a longtime supporter, and we're just devastated."
This tragedy has been heartbreaking, but it's heartwarming to see this kind of outpour of support.
For those interested in donating to the Community Food Bank, here's their address and phone number:
3003 S. Country Club Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85713
[Image via AP Images.]