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The Surfside Tragedy: How You Can Help

Looking for ways to help residents of Surfside?
Looking for ways to help residents of Surfside? Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Early on Thursday morning, Champlain Towers South, part of a condo complex at 8777 Collins Ave. in the beachside town of Surfside, collapsed. With 159 people unaccounted for and at least four confirmed dead, the community has come together to support those affected.

Wondering how to help? Here is a list of charities and ways to donate that directly support the victims of the tragedy.

The Shul of Bal Harbour's Central Emergency Fund

This Lubavitcher Jewish community center has been organizing outreach programs in the community since it opened in 1981. The Shul, as it's commonly known, has started a GoFundMe that directly helps raise “money to be distributed to the families that are forced to be relocated and the families of the victims.” In less than 24 hours, it has raised almost $45,000 with a goal of $100,000.

Support Surfside

You may have seen Support Surfside circulating around social media. That’s because it’s a website created solely to support this event. The site contains information relating to the tragedy and a direct link to PayPal to raise funds. All money goes to the Surfside Hardship Fund, in partnership with the Coral Gables Community Foundation, the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, the Miami Foundation, and Miami Heat. For more information, visit supportsurfside.org.

Family Reunification Hotline

There are more ways to support than just donating money. Helping loved ones reconnect works too. If you or anyone you know has any information regarding those affected, call 305-614-1819. This information can also be found on townofsurfsidefl.gov. Also, anyone still searching for loved ones is asked to fill out a missing-persons report, those who survived, a wellness-check form.

The American Red Cross

The Red Cross is famous for springing into action in the wake of tragic events. Ninety percent of all money donated will go directly to the Surfside collapse if you take care to choose “Disaster Relief” when checking out. For more information, visit redcross.org/donate.

Greater Miami Jewish Federation

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has started a relief fund to address the Surfside catastrophe's short- and long-term effects. As stated in its mission, “Federation together with its partners — Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS) and Mishkan Miami: The Jewish Connection for Spiritual Support — will be providing financial assistance, chaplaincy support, crisis counseling, and social services to people impacted by the tragedy.” One hundred percent of the money raised will go to those affected. For more info, visit jewishmiami.org.

GoFundMe

The crowdfunding site GoFundMe has compiled a list of verified fundraisers for victims of the collapse. To donate directly, visit gofundme.com/c/act/surfside-condo-collapse-fundraisers.

Operation Helping Hands

The United Way of Miami-Dade is raising funds to support the families affected by the tragedy. In addition to traditional donations, Operation Helping Hands is accepting cryptocurrency. For more information, visit unitedwaymiami.org.
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Ashley-Anna Aboreden is a Miami native and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She is an English graduate from FIU and is currently receiving her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She has an everlasting love for shih tzus (especially hers), chocolate chip cookies, and vintage books.