The fund set up to help the three women held captive in a Cleveland basement had a big day Tuesday.
WKYC reports the Cleveland Courage Fund raised more than $50,000 after the video of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight was posted early yesterday morning. The fund's website nearly crashed as people logged on to make their donations.
In all, the fund has taken in more than $1.1 million from more than 9,200 donors to help the women move on with their lives.
Chris Kelly, a partner-in-charge at Jones Day, the law firm overseeing the fund, said the money's being used for living expenses and for their recovery. He called DeJesus, Berry, and Knight smart, resilient, and strong and said the money is being monitored in large part by the women.
The firm is working to establish trusts for the survivors. The trusts, along with firm guidelines on how the money is to be spent, are expected to be finalized later this summer.
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