Sorry, this fundraiser is closed and no longer accepting contributions.
My name is Dana Ostomel and I'm the founder of the crowdfunding website,
DepositaGift.com. We are a startup located in East Harlem, and on
3/12/14, our community was hit by a massive explosion that collapsed 2
buildings, killing 8 people, injuring dozens & displacing hundreds.
of the reasons we started Deposit a Gift was to give back, and since we
are literally 3 blocks away, we've set up this site as a place for
people to show their support. We will be contributing ourselves and hope you will too. We will be working with our district's council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to contribute what we've raised to a victims assistance fund for expenses related to housing, funerals and replacing lost possessions, long-term case management and counseling services, and specialized outreach to El Barrio's immigrant communities.
In the coming weeks and months, there will be a great need for the community to rebuild -- assistance for the families and possible memorial funds -- we will work with local authorities to make sure the funds go towards the area of greatest need and will keep you posted about the progress.
It's a sad and and scary time for the Harlem community and we hope this gives people a place to show their support. If you have thoughts, questions or ideas for how we can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org