Death always leaves a void in a family, but the death of a child to unnecessary violence is often times so tragic that families never recover. A local nonprofit organization was formed just for that purpose – helping families deal with the killing of their young loved ones.
This support organization recently got a financial boost from two Jacksonville philanthropists. Former CEO of CSX, Michael Ward and former owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Delores Barr Weaver, have offered a challenge grant to Families of Slain Children, Inc. (FOSCI) founded by Beverly McClain.
A few months ago, Ward saved the organization from closing its doors by agreeing to purchasing the former DUCOTE Credit Union and gifting i it to the group so that its mission could could continue. The challenge: Ward and Weaver will each match every dollar donated to FOSCI up to $30k. The new location enables McClain to expand community programs including its grief counseling services and crime prevention efforts that specifically target at risk youth.
This rare opportunity will give FOSCI the boost the nonprofit needs to continue helping families in the community. Beverly McClain, founder and CEO was on the verge of closing the doors last fall when the owner of the building the organization occupied on Myrtle Avenue decided to sell it.
“As a mother whose son was murdered, I know the pain all too well. I know the darkness. I have to help theses mothers, these families. It is my purpose,” she added.
There is no cap on individual or corporate donations and all dollars will be matched 2:1. For more infocamtion on your tax deductible donation, visit www.fosci.org.