Community Raises Funds For Payton Benson's Family

The community support for Payton Benson keeps growing.

More and more fliers for fundraisers are popping up to help the family in these dire circumstances.

It was a somber get-together at the Elk's at 24th and Lake in North Omaha.

What was on everyone's mind was Payton, the five-year-old girl killed by a stray bullet on Wednesday near 45th and Bedford.

With a $5 cover charge, the event was a fundraiser, and just one of many for the Benson family.

"Her just having breakfast, it was just heart-wrenching. Very difficult, so my heart goes out to the family," says. Sherie Thomas, Vice-President of the Black Police Officers Association of Omaha.

Even police are raising money for the Bensons.

On Wednesday evening, Thomas and the Black Police Officers Association of Omaha will be working a fundraiser at the Pizza Ranch on South 84th Street.

The association will be waiting tables themselves, along with collecting donations.

10% of the night's proceeds will also go to the Benson family.

When the officers made the request to use the restaurant, the general manager, Danny Offner, put them right through.

"Why not? It's an easy way to do it. All you've got to do, come in and have some food. Have some food, talk to the people who knew her, talk to the people who are supporting her, put a couple of bucks in the bucket," says Offner.

Thomas hopes this is just one fundraiser that can make a big difference.

"As a community, this has touched everybody, and just to help the family, the least we can do is help the family. This is something that's unexpected," says Thomas.

The Pizza Ranch fundraiser will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday.


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