How to donate to the families of the fallen Kissimmee officers

- A lot of people are asking Fox 35 how to donate to the families of the fallen Kissimmee officers.

People are still mourning.

Hannah Werner is still trying to wrap her mind around it.

Her cousin, Sgt. Sam Howard, and his partner, Officer Matthew Baxter, are gone.

"He was an amazing man," she said. "He had passions. He had passions about cars. He was in an Audi club."

So far, the GoFundMe page she created raised nearly $10,000 for Sgt. Howard's wife & daughter. 

Kissimmee police are not promoting the GoFundMe page, but confirms it's one of two legitimate ways to donate to the families of the fallen officers. 

The other is an account in the officers' names at SunTrust bank.

"This is what Sam would want," Werner said. "He would want to know that his girls are going to be OK. I'm going to make sure of that."

KPD is warning people about scam pages popping up in the officers' names.

Several have already been shut down.

"A lot of fake accounts made," Werner said. "Even copying and pasting my own writing on my GoFundMe page. It's absolutely disgusting to my family to see that."

If your money doesn't get to the right person on the GoFundMe website, officials at the company say they'll donate the missing amount and refund your money.

CharityNavigator.org says do your own investigating, examine the web address and beware of bogus sites asking for detailed personal information.

Deborah Gassert, who is planning on donating to the families said, "You have to check with who you give the money to and ask them how it's gonna be used and distributed, and who it's gonna be given to."

Werner just wants to take the financial burden off a wife and daughter who have already been through the unthinkable.

"I can't be more grateful for the people who have donated," she said.

She also wants the family of officer Baxter to be taken care of.

Kissimmee police said you can donate to any SunTrust bank beginning Monday.

Here is a link to Werner's GoFundMe page for her cousin: www.gofundme.com/sgtsamhoward

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