Kyra Karr — a mother, wife and international missionary who died in a tragic vehicle crash Aug. 13 — has had an organization founded in her name to help accomplish her life’s mission.
Breccia Ministries: The Kyra Karr Foundation Inc. was issued articles of incorporation as a nonprofit on Sept. 4, according to a press release. The organization is named after the Karr family’s church in Rome, Italy, where they spent six years doing missionary work. Karr is survived by her husband, Reid, and their three children. The newly created foundation will aim to continue the work the Karr family did in Rome while also contributing to the establishment of churches in other regions around the world.
“It’s a worldwide mission, ultimately,” said Albert E. Jones, a Marietta-based lawyer who represents the family along with fellow lawyer and son Colby Jones. Albert Jones said that Kyra Karr wanted to create more churches in Rome while helping victims of sex trafficking.
“Her mission in Rome was two-fold,” Jones noted. “One [was] to organize groups that could grow and build churches in the Rome, Italy area. She also had a real heart for women that had been taken into [the sex trafficking trade]. She would go out at night sometimes there in Rome and minister to those women and [try] to help them ... to get out of that situation.”
Now, a Bank of America account has been set up for donors to give to the organization. Donations may be made at any of the bank’s branches. Additionally, cash or checks made out to the Kyra Karr Foundation may be sent to Albert Jones at 707 Whitlock Place, Marietta, GA 30064, and the funds will be donated to the organization.
Started by Reid Karr and Kyra Karr’s father, Joe Carp, the foundation will provide an avenue via which Kyra Karr’s work can still be fulfilled while celebrating her life.
“One of the questions we are left asking ourselves is how we can carry on our ministry, as we attempt to move forward without Kyra, especially considering the tremendous void that she has left behind both in our family and our ministry. She carried a tremendous load,” Reid Karr said in the press release. “One answer to that question is the formation of a foundation that would honor Kyra's life. It is a foundation that will be committed to growth of the church in Italy and beyond, a cause to which Kyra had dedicated her life.
“Kyra was such an amazing mother to our three beautiful girls, as well [as] an amazing wife,” he added.
Kyra Karr, 30, was killed when a runaway tractor-trailer truck struck the family’s SUV on Highway 41 last month. Reid Karr and two of their daughters, who were also inside the SUV, were treated and released by medical professionals after the accident.