The Miami-Dade community continues to show its unwavering support for those affected by the Surfside condo collapse and their loved ones with an outpouring of donations.
As the rescue teams continue to work around in their search for residents and the hope of finding survivors begins to dim, there is still some solace to be found in the heartwarming outpouring of support that the local community and others around the world have continued to show for the victims of the collapse, their loved ones and first responders.
Following the tragic collapse of Champlain Towers South condo in Surfside on Thursday, June 24, The Coral Gables Community Foundation, The Key Biscayne Community Foundation, The Knight Foundation, The Miami Foundation, Miami HEAT, and Miami HEAT Charitable Fund came together to build a hardship fund for those impacted — SupportSurfside.org.
On Sunday night, June 27, thanks to the overwhelming support of our local community and those around the world, the fund surpassed the $1.2 million in donations according to Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
“I continue to be overwhelmed with the very generous, moving outpouring of support from local cities, people and around the country and the world,” said Mayor Cava during the press conference. ” Those people have continued donating to our Surfside fund… We’ve now raised over $1.2 million. This is incredible.”
The funds received through the site are being allocated to different non-profits based on the urgent needs on the ground. According to SupportSurfside.org, the fund will be awarding $155,000 in initial grants to eight nonprofit organizations so that “they may continue to provide relief services including support for basic needs, housing, and mental health services for the families impacted by the building collapse in Surfside, Florida.” These include the American Red Cross South Florida, Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of Miami, Hatzalah of South Florida, Jewish Community Services South Florida (JCS), Jewish Volunteer Center (via Greater Miami Jewish Federation), Food Rescue Miami, Salvation Army South Florida, Shul of Bal Harbor.
For those still interested to contribute with further donations you can place yours online by visiting SupportSurfside.org here.
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