On the night of August 25, 2016, Donnell Bibbes' life changed forever.
The boy, who was just eight-years-old at the time, was shot in the head while sitting in a car on Buffalo's East Side.
The bullet pierced Bibbes' brain and left him legally blind.
The boy recently returned to school but the medical bills are piling up from all the procedures.
On Monday, community leaders announced a new trust fund that's been established to cover those costs and support Bibbes' recovery.
Charles Burgin, an anti-gun violence activist and chairman of the District Parent Coordinating Council Mentor Trauma and Violence Committee, launched the fundraising campaign.
"We are here as community leaders and supportive adults to assist this boy and his family", said Charles Burgin, who is organizing this event and the fund drive. "We also know gun violence is an ongoing issue for our families and communities in Buffalo and across the country. Just last week, we lost another group of children in Santa Fe to gun violence. We must help our children who have been impacted, and work to prevent any additional senseless violence."
If you are interested in helping Bibbes, donations to the fund, which was set up with assistance by Hodgson Russ Law Firm, can be mailed to Donnell Bibbes Special Needs Trust Fund, c/o DPCC Mentor Trauma and Violence Committee, PO Box 233 Buffalo, NY 14201 with checks made out to the Donnell Bibbes Trust Fund.