Reportedly, the Portsmouth Police Department (PPD), and the family of Tyler Jospeh “TJ” Caudill family have received reports of multiple fundraising efforts to assist with the family’s expenses.
Though the family of six-year old Caudill who was recently killed, is appreciative of fundraising efforts, PPD Chief Robert Ware stated in a news release, that there are also reports of people misrepresenting the family in order to collect donations.
Ware told The Daily Times that a local business woman’s call was one of the reasons he is warning the public about where to make donations.
“There are people that are doing this with legitimate intentions, but I had a business woman call me regarding one that she questioned,” Ware said. “The family’s position is, that they have two funds that are set up. If you’re donating to those two funds, it will ensure that it will go to who it is intended to go to. I wanted to clarify to the public that, yes donations are being solicited, but these are the two avenues that you can rest assure are on the up and up.”
As stated in a news release from Ware’s office, the family has authorized the set up of two legitimate means for people to donate money to help defray the funeral costs.
The TJ Caudill Memorial Fund has been established at Member’s Choice Credit Union located at 145 Russell Rd in Ashland, Kentucky. The phone number is 606-326-8000. “Justice 4TJ – Tammy Stephens Conley” is a Go Fund Me account that has been established as well.
These are the only two accounts endorsed by the family. Donating to one of these two funds will help ensure that the funds reach their intended destination.
Anyone encountering questionable efforts regarding collection of funds for the Caudill family should contact the PPD immediately at 740-353-4101.
Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.