Washington DC museum to display personal items belonging to gun violence victims – CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As Philadelphia faces an upsurge in gun violence, a national museum seeks to honor the lives lost to the epidemic. Starting Monday, family members can drop off personal items belonging to victims of gun violence to display in Washington DC
“You’re going through PTSD, you want to kill yourself,” said Oronde McClain, founder of the Oronde McClain Foundation. “Like me, I felt like the bullet should have finished the job.”
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McClain is a gun violence survivor.
“On April 3, 2000, I was shot in the head,” he said.
McClain survived after being shot in North Philadelphia 21 years ago. Since his ordeal, he has been committed to helping other victims of gun violence and their families through his foundation.
“I’m here to tell them I want to give them a hug,” McClain said. “I have been where you have been, so I am here to help you. “
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On Monday, McClain will collect personal items from victims of gun violence for the remainder of the week. He works alongside organizations like the Gifford Gun Violence Memorial, Price of Freedom and Mothers In Charge. The items will be donated to the National Building Museum in Washington DC Inside there are 700 glass bricks – the number of people killed each week by gun violence nationwide.
“It’s about remembering the victims, the people who lost their lives,” McClain said.
Locally, items can be donated to the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania on North Broad Street. They can also be donated at Independence Hall in Old Town and at the Discovery Center located in Fairmount Park.
So far this year, Philadelphia has recorded at least 343 homicides, up 18% from the same time last year. According to the latest data available from the Philadelphia Police, nearly 1,500 people have been shot this year.
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Here is more information about drop-off locations:
- August 23-27, 2021: Co-host: The McClain Foundation at the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of PA, 4301 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140 HOURS: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- August 25, 2021: Giffords co-host at Independence National Historic Park, People’s Plaza, Philadelphia TIMES: 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
- August 26, 2021: Co-Host: Destined 4 Greatness Inc. at Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121 HOURS: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.