B'nai B'rith International has opened its Flood, Tornado and Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund to benefit the victims of historic flooding in Colorado that has ravaged the state, displacing thousands of people and leaving hundreds unaccounted for.
The funds raised will be used to help victims of the flood as they rebuild their communities after thousands of buildings and homes were damaged or destroyed, while more than 100 miles of road and 20 to 30 bridges will need repairs.
Beginning the week of Sept. 8, a strong, slow-moving storm drenched northern Colorado and created what President Barack Obama declared a "major disaster."
"What we're seeing coming out of Colorado is nothing short of extraordinary. The destruction and aftermath of this flood is sure to alter many lives, and B'nai B'rith would like to help restore some sense of normalcy to these people," B'nai B'rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. "B'nai B'rith has helped disaster victims since 1865. Each disaster has its own unique challenges. As always, we will carefully evaluate needs and provide assistance to address immediate needs and longer term rebuilding efforts."
The B'nai B'rith Flood, Tornado and Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund aided victims of Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012, as well as the victims of the Moore, Okla., tornado in May 2013. B'nai B'rith disaster relief funds have also provided aid internationally, assisting earthquake victims in Haiti and Japan, and following manmade disasters, such as the Boston bombing.
"B'nai B'rith repeatedly answers the call when it comes to assisting those in crisis. With devastating flooding occurring in Colorado, we're eager to open up our Flood, Tornado and Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund to help the people of Colorado and get them back on their feet," B'nai B'rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said. "We will work with representatives of agencies and our members on the ground to provide assistance where it is needed."
To help, donate online or call 800-573-9057 to make a credit card contribution over the phone.
Or, you can send a check payable to the B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund to:
B'nai B'rith International
Flood, Tornado and Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund
2020 K Street NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006