New Yorkers looking to help victims and survivors of Sunday’s deadly apartment fire in the Bronx should be on the lookout for potential scams, the state’s attorney general warned Monday.
The fire, the deadliest in the city in decades, killed 17 people, including eight children, and injured 60 others. Dozens of other residents have been displaced.
“Yesterday’s fire in the Bronx is an unspeakable tragedy, but I promise New York City will be there to help our neighbors through it,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams.. “I am grateful to all the firefighters, paramedics and first responders who responded within minutes to save lives.”
As residents of New York and Long Island open their hearts and wallets to the victims of the fire, Attorney General Letitia James reminded them to be aware of scammers using Sunday’s tragedy to create fraudulent charities and tracked down potential donors to check her office’s website for charitable giving tips.
Below is a list of legitimate organizations that accept donations to help the victims.
The mayor’s fund to move New York forward accepts cash donations that will be used to distribute emergency supplies and provide support to the victims and their families.
“Every dollar donated to the Mayors Fund goes directly to those affected by the fire; please give if you can and together we will get through this,” Adams said.
The Gambian Youth Organization, a Bronx-based nonprofit, has set up a GoFundMe page to help families affected by the fire. The organization has raised more than $574,000 since Sunday. All proceeds will be divided among the families, according to the GYO.
ICNA Relief New York also accepts cash donations that will be used to provide victims with food and household items, and to cover funeral and other expenses related to the fire. Donations can be made via Facebook.
BStrong, a charity led by reality TV star Bethenny Frankel, is distributing cash cards and “Family Necessities Kits,” including food, personal hygiene products and COVID prevention items to residents displaced by the fire. The organization is also raising money for a fund to help residents who lost their homes in the fire.