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My name is Dana Ostomel and I'm the founder of the crowdfunding website, 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.

One 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

Founder and CEO,


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$1,952 Raised
$10,000 Goal
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