Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Groups join Colorado federation’s fire relief effort

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is directing funds to the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado’s fire relief fund.

The Colorado fund is helping victims, firefighters, first responders and others impacted by the 14 wildfires raging across Colorado.

The Chicago funds will be directed to the Colorado Fire Relief Fund established by the Allied Jewish Federation. Both federations are absorbing all administrative costs and say that 100 percent of the donations will directly go to aid victims and those battling the fires.

“Once again, the Jewish community is coming to the aid not only of its own, but to all of those facing this tremendous tragedy,” said the Chicago federation's president, Steven Nasatir.

As of Friday morning, just one of the fires had forced the evacuation of 35,000 people from the edge of Colorado's second-largest city, had killed at least one person and incinerated 346 homes. -- JTA

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Relief funds assisting Colorado fire victims

As residents of Colorado Springs return to their homes following widespread wild fires, U.S. Jewish communities are raising money for relief funds.

The Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, in conjunction with local synagogues, community organizations and national partners, has launched the Colorado Fire Relief Fund to help victims, firefighters, first responders and others affected by the fires.

Jewish federations have been directing donors to the Colorado Fire Relief Fund online or to send checks with the notation “Colorado Fire Relief Fund” to Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, 300 S. Dahlia, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80246.

All the donations to the Colorado Fire Relief Fund will go to directly combat the fire and help victims. There will be no administrative fees taken out of these funds, according to a Jewish Federations of North America statement.

Chabad-Lubavitch of Colorado Springs also has set up a relief fund. -- JTA

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