Briefly Noted: Supply drive supports refugees to honor life of Olathe hate crime victim

Above, Sunayana Dumala (left) and Mindy Corporon with Faith Always Wins Foundation lead the second annual Walk for Peace in April 2019 for Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Dumala's deceased husband who was a victim of a hate crime shooting in February 2017.

Supply drive supports refugees to honor life of Olathe hate crime victim

Four years after the shooting at Austin’s Grille in Olathe that claimed the life of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a local organization founded by his widow is honoring his life and memory with a supply drive to support refugees.

Sunaya Dumala, the widow of Kuchibhotla, and her organization Forever Welcome are sponsoring the Refugee Family Supply Drive takes place March 6. Proceeds go to KC for Refugees. KC for Refugees is an interfaith organization that welcomes and supports individuals and families.

“What the shooter did not take away from me was my freedom to make a difference in the world in Srinu’s memory,” Dumala said in a statement. “Srinu always looked for the good in people and how to help them, and I am carrying on that legacy.”

The drive has already raised more than $2,000 on Forever Welcome’s GoFundMe page.

The community can participate in three ways:

  • Sponsor a bag: Sponsor one or more families for $40 each
  • Buy in bulk: Select an item from the supply list below and buy in bulk
  • Fill a bag: Use the list to fill a garbage bag of supplies to drop off

The community can also donate in one of two ways:

  • Donate to Forever Welcome’s GoFundMe page at
  • Drop off in person from 2 to 4 p.m. March 6 at 8006 Mullen Road, Lenexa

Below is the supply list:

  • 2-4 toothbrushes
  • 1 bottle shampoo (regular size)
  • 1 bottle lotion (regular size)
  • 2-3 disposable razors
  • 1-2 dish cloths
  • 1 liquid cleaner (regular size)
  • 1 liquid dish-washing soap (regular size)
  • 1 laundry detergent (up to 64 oz.)
  • 6-8 13-gallon trash bags
  • 3-4 30-33 gallon trash bags
  • 4-6 double rolls of toilet paper
  • 2-3 regular bars of soap

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Family members will share their legacy through the years in a free virtual event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. Registration is required, so click here to sign up.

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