Thursday, October 8, 2015

Contribute to the Borough Park Relief Fund

Here's an opportunity to help those affected by last week's Borough Park explosion.

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City has launched the Borough Park Relief Fund, in partnership with the Boro Park Jewish Community Center,  the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross and The Salvation Army, along with Council Member Brad Lander and other Brooklyn elected officials, to support the individuals, families and businesses affected by the recent building explosion in the area.
The new fundraising drive will help address a variety of costs to those impacted by the gas explosion and collapse of a building on 13th Avenue, in Borough Park, Brooklyn on October 3, including relocation, lost and damaged effects, funeral and medical expenses.
The relief fund builds upon the strong initial support provided by first responders, city services and grassroots organizations. First responders from the New York City Police Department, Fire Department of the City of New York, and the American Red Cross provided critical assistance immediately following the explosion. The Mayor's Office of Emergency Management established a resident support center at the Borough Park branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, where individuals and business could receive assistance with City services, including finding temporary housing.
Locally based organizations and neighbors in the Borough Park community gave additional support to those in need. Masbia, a nonprofit soup kitchen and food pantry located in the area, donated food and supplies for displaced families. Neighbors near the site of the explosion brought hot coffee and stood by families and first responders.

New Yorkers can also send checks payable to the Borough Park Relief Fund by mail to:
Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
253 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007

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