New grassroots initiative hopes to reduce crime in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - A new initiative to help reduce violence in St. Louis is underway.  Organizers are turning to social media to raise funds to support it.

The grassroots campaign is called, The St. Louis Initiative to Reduce Violence, better known as SIRV.  Organizers hope the urgent message posted on a gofundme account will help raise money for programs that combat violence.

The video on the gofundme account sends a strong message about the violence in the city that appears to be out of control.

Law enforcement agencies, faith based organizations, and school and community leaders are working with SIRV to combat the problem.

SIRV says all of the money raised on the account will be used to continue programs that support mothers who have lost children to violence, people in the hospital recovering from violence, and a walk-and-talk program where police officers go to homes to meet residents in an effort to improve community relations.

SIRV has implemented the programs in Jennings, and in the sixth district in St. Louis.

Organizers hope enough money will be raised on the gofundme account to expand SIRV to other areas.