In the wake of New York City’s deadliest fire in more than 30 years, many of those who survived the fires have lost a lot – and there are multiple ways to help them in what will surely be a long time of need.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams created a fund for Bronx residents affected by the fire that killed at least 19 people — including nine children — and injured more than 60. People can find out how to donate to this fund here.
The city’s Office of Emergency Management said Sunday that it is only receiving financial donations at this time. The money raised will help provide support to the victims and their families, as well as help distribute emergency relief supplies.
Several other people have offered to help raise funds for the victims as well. Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel said her emergency aid charity, bstrong, will distribute survival kits and cash cards to those affected, and has already committed an initial donation of $100,000. To donate, click here
For those looking to donate other things, the Red Cross has been moving to establish a site in Ustin Hall at Monroe College at 2375 Jerome Avenue, to provide emergency relief to families. The Red Cross said they are providing emergency support and relief to 21 families, including 54 adults and 24 children. The Gambian Youth Organization, located at 214 East 181st Street, also accepts water, food and clothing for families.
The Democratic Bronx has tweeted a list of priority items requested, including new and unused clothing, food gift cards, bottled water, unused bedding, diapers and baby supplies, hygiene products and toiletries, and packaged food. They also listed four locations where donations would be accepted, including State Senator Gustavo Rivera’s office in Grand Concourse, Assemblyman Yudelka Tapia on Jerome Street, and Councilman Oswald Velez’s office in East Fordham Road.
New York State Senator Alessandra Biagi also shared a number of venues across the region that will accept donations for fire victims. Those venues include The Pelham Picture House (175 Wolfs Lane), Anthony Avenue Community Garden (2078 Anthony Avenue), Bronx Community Board #10 (at 3165 East Tremont Avenue), and Bronx Woodlawn Collective (341 East 235th Street)
For those affected by the fire, texting “181STFIRE” to 692692 will provide updates on available resources and services.
NBC New York covered the team of a Bronx apartment fire that left 19 people dead, at least half of them children, as thick black smoke turned hallways into death traps.