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Some Ways to Help Victims of the Surfside Building Collapse
UpTime:2021-07-13Count:24

At least 10 people were killed and more than 150 remain missing after a section of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside collapsed. Search and rescue efforts are ongoing.


The collapse, which appeared to affect one leg of the L-shaped tower, tore away walls and ripped open some homes in the still-standing part of the building. About half of the condo building's 136 units were reduced to a pile of rubble. Displaced residents, left homeless and in need of assistance, were taking shelter at nearby hotels.


While some organizations are collecting donations in the aftermath of the tragedy, public officials say they've received plenty of goods and donations at this time. However, cash donations are being accepted.


"At this time, we have received all of the donations of goods and volunteers as we can handle," Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. "We are very very grateful for everyone who has contributed and we'll let people know as the need presents."


Levine-Cava pointed out two organizations that are collecting cash donations. More information below.


American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is helping displaced residents find shelter and providing them with food. The organization is also providing emotional support to victims of the condo collapse. Click here to donate.


Support Surfside

The Miami Heat and several local organizations have launched a hardship fund for the victims: supportsurfside.org

You can make a one-time donation or set a monthly payment through PayPal.


Global Empowerment Mission BStrong

The Global Empowerment Mission BStrong established a Champlain Tower Residents Fund, where 100% of donations will be distributed amongst survivors to assist them them with short term cash for essentials.

The organization is also supporting the Shul of Bal Harbour with Family Necessities Kits and providing first responders with essential goods and meals from restaurant groups.

Click here to donate.


The Shul

The Shul, a community center located blocks from the Champlain Towers South scene, created a central fund to disperse money to families and victims affected by the collapse.

The organization has also collected emergency supplies for families, however it is currently "overwhelmed with donations" and has asked those who would like to support survivors to make a monetary donation here.


United Way: Operation Helping Hands

The international network of local nonprofits is raising money to provide short- and long-term support to people affected by the building collapse. Operation Helping Hands is accepting donations online here.

To join the organization’s emergency response volunteers team, check out their website here for more information.


World Central Kitchen

The organization is on the ground feeding emergency personnel and search and rescue teams who are working day and night at the site of the building collapse. To donate to WCK, click here.


Greater Miami Jewish Federation

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation launched an emergency fund for families and individuals for short-term and long-term needs. Click here to make a monetary donation online.

Those in need of crisis counseling and housing assistance can call 211.

Members of the clergy are on-site at the Surfside Community Center. To reach a chaplain, email rabbiklein@gmjf.org.


Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami is collecting financial donations to assist those affected by the partial collapse of the Champlain condominiums, in Surfside, FL.

Donations are being collected through the Catholic Charities website.

Click here to go directly to the page and choose Disaster Relief from the dropdown menu.

Source: https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/some-ways-to-help-victims-of-the-surfside-building-collapse/2480466/ 

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