WESTMINSTER, Colo. - A Colorado credit union has raised $10,000 for the Jessica Ridgeway Legacy Fund.
Ridgeway disappeared on Oct. 5 as she was walking to meet up with friends at Chelsea Park so they could all walk to school together. Jessica never got to the park. Her remains were found five days later.
Initial donations to the Ridgeway family helped the family with expenses. The family said the money also helped them start the legacy fund at Community Financial Credit Union.
CFCU said it raised the $10,000 donation from its members and “Pay it Forward Program.” The bank is asking its members to continue supporting the fund by donating all or part of their 2012 Member Bonus to the fund.
"... the Ridgeways worked with CFCU the money could go to community programs for youth initiatives, including camps and scholarships for children in Jessica’s community."
"Being part of such a caring community has given us so much in this terrible time and we are committed to returning this gift tenfold," the Ridgeway family said on its website.
The family said the fund is still in the initial stages of being created but some of the works already in progress include the renaming of Chelsea Park to Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park, creating a Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Gardens at the park and creating a cheerleading camp in Jessica's name because Jessica really wants to be a cheerleader.