Community comes together to help police officer's family - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Community comes together to help police officer's family

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The death of Memphis Police Officer Michael Banks' two-year old granddaughter, Temiera Banks, has members of the community coming together to offer help.

"I can't even imagine," said Tanja Mitchell of the Uptown Neighborhood Association. "It's hurtful losing someone that young, so I just wanted him to know the community is here for him in any capacity, whatever we can do for him."

Tamiera's mother and five children were in the home early Sunday when it caught on fire.  Everyone escaped, except for Temiera.
 
Now, the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Uptown Community Association, Bank Tennessee, and other organizations are teaming up with the Memphis Police Department's South Main Station to collect items for the four surviving children.  

Their ages range from 3 weeks to 5 years old.

"We've been collecting clothes, donations, money...just whatever they need," Mitchell said.

Sadness surrounding the child's death has gripped the entire neighborhood., where many residents continue to pray for the family.

"I've experienced a house fire, and probably the one thing that people don't understand is just the emotional connection just to your stuff especially when a child dies," said Richard Rieves of the Downtown Presbyterian Church. "You feel very alone, and you can't do it alone."

You can make a donation to the Banks family at any Bank Tennessee, or you can drop off a donation at the Memphis Police Department's South Main Station at 545 South Main.

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