Families of children killed by gun violence getting financial help
Callahan Funeral Home director Ellis McAninich moves a casket for display to a room in the home Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Callahan, Fla. McAninich has overseen funerals for five people who died from the virus since July he himself has recovered from a bout with the virus and now plans to get vaccinated. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

A new law will help families of children killed by gun violence.

The Funeral and Burial Assistance Act will help families pay for funeral services.

Families can receive up to $10,000 in assistance, which officials say is slightly more than the national average for funeral and burial services.

“Every child deserves to grow up free from gun violence,” said Senator Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago. “What happened to Mychal Moultry Jr. should not have happened, but the death of children from gun violence is something that families are becoming increasingly accustomed to. We have to put a stop to it.”

Senator Collins set out during the spring session to partner with the Strength to Love Foundation to make this assistance a reality for qualifying families. With this law, eligible families will be able to receive this aid beginning July 1, 2023.

“Losing a young child to gun violence is among the most horrific tragedy a family could experience,” said President and Founder of the Strength to Love Foundation Dr. Dave Nayak. “This law provides a light for those families during the darkest times in their lives.”

The law has been signed by Governor JB Pritzker, D-Illinois.

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