Community members show support for victims, mourners of Allen Mall shooting

The mass shooting that occurred at the Allen Premium Outlets has left the community devastated and struggling to come to terms with the horrific events that took place just three days ago. The details emerging from the ongoing investigation are hard to process even for those who were fortunate enough not to have been present at the time.

However, several organizations have come forward to support the victims, families, and bereaved individuals who are struggling to cope with the aftermath of this terrible tragedy. The Allen Senior Recreation Center has established a family assistance center that aims to provide victims with the much-needed support and counseling they require.

The Community Foundation of Texas has also established a Support for Allen Fund and has raised a staggering $50,000 within days of launching the nonprofit organization. The funds raised by the Foundation will be directed towards local agencies and non-profits that can provide mental health, pain, and trauma support to the victims, their families, and the first responders.

The outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming, and people are taking the time to mourn the loss of their loved ones and to support those who are struggling. The memorial at the mall outlets has become a place for people to come together, pay their respects and remember the victims who lost their lives in this senseless act of violence.

Chaplains like Carolin Perez have been present at the memorial to listen and provide a glimmer of hope and encouragement to those who need it. For Perez, chaplains are essential in times of tragedy as they are there to provide a listening ear and to help people express their pain and loss.

Unfortunately, there have been fraudulent fundraisers attempting to take advantage of the tragedy, which is why the Texas Department of Public Safety has urged people to be vigilant. They have provided a list of vetted fundraisers that people can use to ensure their donations will go to the right organizations.

Despite the tragedy, the community is coming together in support of the victims, their families, and those struggling with the aftermath of the shooting. The outpouring of support has been heartwarming, and it reiterates the strong spirit of resilience that the people of Allen possess even in the face of adversity.

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