Fundraising Campaign for Buffalo Student Who Was Shot in 2016

Boy left partially blind; Brother killed last year

Mike Baggerman
May 21, 2018 - 3:54 pm

Donnell Bibbes (Photo via Charles Burgin of Buffalo District Parent Coordinating Council)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Parents at the Buffalo Public Schools, along with the Buffalo Teachers Federation President and personnel at the district, launched a fundraising campaign to support the medical expenses for Donnell “Donny” Bibbes and his family.

Bibbes, 10, was shot in the head on the evening of August 25, 2016. Someone in Buffalo opened fire on his mother’s car just after she parked. Bobbes’ head was struck and his brain was pierced. According to supporters, Bibbes just recently returned to school at New York State School for the Blind in Batavia.

Part of his recovery involved a surgery where doctors had to remove portions of his skull.

“We’re asking the public to help make contributions so that we can have a substantial amount go to the trust fund and present it to the little one,” Charles Burgin, Chair of the District Parent Coordinating Council’s Mentoring and Trauma/Violence Committee, said. “He’s just an amazing kid to go through all that and still have the disposition that he has right now. He’s fantastic.”

Bibbes’ older brother, 16-year-old Lewis Brewer, was shot and killed last year. Burgin also explained this Bibbes’ sister dropped off.

Burgin said that he hopes this campaign will raise $50,000 for the boy and his family. In addition to individual donations, he also hopes that the business community will participate.

An event will be held at East High School on Monday night where attendees can support the end of gun violence in schools. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Donations can be made to Donnell Bibbes Special Needs Trust Fund, c/o DPCC Mentor Trauma and Violence Committee, PO Box 233 Buffalo, NY 14201. Checks can be made out to the Donnell Bibbes Trust Fund.

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