The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City has raised a total of $333,243 to support victims of the East Harlem explosion and building collapse that killed eight people and injured more than 70 people, the nonprofit organization announced on Monday afternoon.
The organization, headed by First Lady Chirlane McCray, has received contributions from nearly 400 donors, including $10,000 from the UJA-Federation of New York and $15,000 from the Mount Sinai Health System.
"We could not be more grateful for the generous contributions we have received — from donors big and small — to help those in distress from the East Harlem tragedy piece their lives back together," McCray said said in a statement. "While our work does not end here, the support we have already seen reassures us that we can recover and rebuild, stronger than before."
The Mayor's Fund also received in-kind contributions. Rainbow Shops, a New York-based clothing chain, gave the organization $15,000 worth of gift cards to Rainbow clothing stores. Kaz, the manufacturer of Honeywell Air Purifiers, donated 100 QuietCare True HEPA air purifiers to help eliminate household particles and odors, which cost more than $10,000.
Earlier this month, the Real Estate Board of New York, Con Edison, the Association for a Better New York and its founder, the Rudin family, and the families and board members of the East Harlem Tutorial Program donated $250,000 to the Mayor's Fund's fundraising drive to support victims.
Safe Horizon, a victim services agency that supports children, adults and families affected by crime and abuse in the city, is in charge of the victims' assistance fund to cover the costs of rent, funeral arrangements and household expenses, along with case management and counseling services.
So far, the agency has distributed $28,171 through the victims' assistance fund, including an additional 40,000 that are currently being processed, according to the press release by the Office of the Mayor. The agency provided 90 sessions of case management services to families during its first week of activity, covered expenses for three funerals and distributed 62 gift cards and 16 Metrocards.
The Union Settlement Association, a settlement house that provides East Harlem residents with education, wellness and community-building programs, and the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service, a nonprofit organization that addresses family health in East Harlem, oversee the community outreach effort geared toward immigrant communities.