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Here’s how you can support the Surfside community right now

From volunteer opportunities to places accepting donations and online fundraising efforts, here’s a list of ways you can help.

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Virginia Gil
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On June 24, 2021, the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida partially collapsed, crushing its residents beneath the rubble. Valiants search and rescue efforts continue in the wake of this horrible tragedy, which, so far, has claimed nine lives while 152 people are still missing. First responders are at the scene but there are ways for us to help, from making monetary donations to help the survivors to donating meals to feed folks on the ground. Below, we’ve rounded up a list of ongoing charitable efforts in the community with links to more information. We’ll continue to update as more organizations come forward to lend their support.

Support Surfside

Community foundations throughout the county have joined forces to set up a hardship fund for those impacted by the building collapse. Monetary donations can be made via Paypal.

GoFundMe for victims

GoFundMe has created a landing page of all vetted fundraising accounts for families affected by the Surfside condo collapse. Donations can be made to the general fund or the individual accounts.

Global Empowerment Mission

GEM has mobilized local restaurants to feed fire and rescue teams on the ground. More than a dozen Miami businesses have committed to help but there are still time slots left. If you own a restaurant and want to donate meals, you may get in touch via email to claim your time slot: info@globalempowermentmisdion.org. Others looking to assist can reach out to Bodega to donate a $15 meal and they will match it.

United Way: Operation Helping Hands

The United Way 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.

The Shul 8777 Collins Avenue Relief Fund

Neighboring Shul in Bal Harbour has created a central relief fund that will be dispersed to help the victims and their families. Monetary contributions are encouraged as the Shul no longer has space to accommodate physical donations. 

Feeding South Florida

The organization is assisting the Town of Surfside in collecting essential items for the victims and families that have been displaced by the tragedy. Unopened personal care items, diapers, new bedding, non-perishable food, water and cleaning supplies can be dropped off at Feeding South Florida's warehouse located at 2501 SW 32nd Terrace, Pembroke Park, 33023. Drop-off hours are Mon–Fri 9–11:30am and 1:30–4pm.

Volunteer opportunities

United Way: Join the organization’s emergency response volunteers team.

World Central Kitchen: The organization has been on the ground from day one, feeding frontline workers, but there are still opportunities available for volunteers. 

FoodRescueUS.SouthFlorida: The local nonprofit providing meals for those affected by the collapse is asking for folks to donate their time. If you can pick up, deliver or provide meals, please reach out.

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