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Nearly $500,000 raised for Sikh temple shooting victims' families

Annie Scholz

Nearly $500,000 raised for Sikh temple shooting victims' families

CREATED Aug. 24, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug. 24, 2012

OAK CREEK- The community has stepped up and assisted the families impacted by the Sikh temple massacre in a big way.

Some temple members lost a father, a friend, but for others, a breadwinner.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated -- and it will go to the shooting victims' families.

Members of the Sikh temple in Oak Creek met for a unity event at their place of worship Friday. Nearly three weeks after the massacre there, the community has united behind them, and the money for victims is adding up to about half a million dollars.  But that has to cover a lot.

Some victims' families have flown in from India.  They need housing, jobs, and their kids need help with education.

"There are two pregnant ladies who are daughters of Ranjit Singh who passed away and they need health care," explained Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka.  "Transportation, you name it, all the basic needs that I think a lot of us take for granted in this country."

As donations continue to come in, temple members are now meeting with attorneys to determine which families will get how much.

"We don't want anybody feuding over these things so that's why we're actually going to a third person," said Amardeep Kaleka.

Regardless of what the attorneys decide, there's no doubt the money will go to the families who need it the most.

"Whether or not someone was in the parking lot or someone was inside, it's going to the people who were most acutely affected."

The temple members say the money is wonderful, but if you can't afford to give, there are other ways you can help.

They say you can donate your time, resources, anything you like and it is greatly appreciated.