​U.Va. collects donations for Warmbier family

Office of the Vice President, Chief Student Affairs Officer begins giving process

In a statement released Wednesday, the Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer announced they are creating a giving process for people to donate to the Warmbier family.

University student Otto Warmbier was jailed in North Korea for 17 months for allegedly trying to steal a political banner. Warmbier was released Tuesday morning and transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. At a press conference Thursday, his doctors said Warmbier shows signs of cardiopulmonary arrest and is in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness.”

“As news has spread of Otto Warmbier’s homecoming after being held captive in North Korea, many members of the University of Virginia community have expressed their thoughts and concerns for the Warmbier family,” the statement said. “These compassionate gestures have included an interest in making financial donations. Once we have established the giving process, we will contact those interested with more details.”

The statement said the University will be accepting messages for the Warmbier family at vpsa@virginia.edu or at P.O. Box 400303, N.E. Wing of the Rotunda, Charlottesville, Va. 22904.

“Out of respect for the privacy of the family, we will pass the messages along to the Warmbiers at the appropriate time,” the statement read.

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