The Fund For Italy (FFI)
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Two Major Earthquakes Strike Same Region
October 27, 2016
Team (upper left to right) Joseph Baldassarre, Max Carboni, Leo Domingo (lower left to right) Peter Napoli, Ale Domingo, Sophia Napoli (Contact: Rob Baldassarre)
Hi, my name is Joseph Baldassarre. I am 11 years old, and I am raising money with the help of my cousins, for the Italian Red Cross and the families affected by the earthquake that struck central Italy on August 24th. This is a general campaign that will go to help all the efforts of the Red Cross for all families.
By now, many of you have seen the scary and heartbreaking images of the devastation caused by the quake on the news all over the world. Thousands of families have been left homeless and the death toll has reached 291, and is expected to rise in the coming days. Some children have been orphaned. The epicenter was the town of Amatrice, but the earthquake has damaged homes, schools, businesses and churches in 23 surrounding communities. Sadly, this also included the town of Montegallo, the town where my grandparents are from, and a place where my mother, aunt, and uncle spent so much of their childhood. The quake devastated the homes of many of our relatives including our aunts and uncles and grandparents.
My dad (Robert) and I compiled the video you see above (use arrows in photo) to help tell the story of the families that have been affected by the destruction across central Italy. In the video there are also images of our town and some of the people who have lost everything. Take for example the story of my great aunt Dora who at 92 was the proud owner of a coffee shop and a lovely home in the center of town. She has lost both the café and her home. Nevertheless, she bravely tells a reporter on national TV that she is staying with the people she loves and the home she has known for the past 80 years. Thousands of elderly are in the same situation. There is also a scene in the video where my cousin Leo and I are ringing the bells of the town chapel when we visited there in April. Like so many ancient buildings in the region, the church has now been destroyed.
The government is expected to help but unfortunately the funds will only go so far and will take many months to administer. Moreover, homeowner’s insurance is not as widely used as it is here in the United States, which means that many families and communities will remain in ruins well into the future. With fall approaching, people living in this mountainous region will soon begin to experience heavy rains, cold winds, and eventually snow.
Together with my cousins Max (11), Leo (12), Peter (13), Ale (11) and Sophia (10), we have created this fundraising campaign and have called in the Fund for Italy. In doing this, we are thinking about kids just like us who have lost loved ones, their homes or both. We can only imagine what it will be like to go to school in camps this year and to spend Christmas in a tent.
Our goal is to raise $15,000 and we will keep the campaign open until we reach that goal. The funds will be collected her on the Crowdrise site, and will be released to the Italain Red Cross (Croce Rossa Italiana). You can contribute any amount you want, and we hope you will consider a donation of $25, $50, $100, $250 or even $500.
Once we reach the goal, all proceeds will be split between the Italian Red Cross and the National Italian American Foundation. You also have the option of making off line donations(detailed below):
Ragione sociale: "Associazione della Croce Rossa Italiana" Indirizzo: "Roma, Via Toscana 12, 00187" PEC: email@example.com Partita IVA:13669721006 Codice Fiscale: 13669721006 IBAN: IT 26 W 06230 03204 000030620062 (CASSA DI RISPARMIO DI PARMA E PIACENZA AG. DI ROMA 4) Conto numero: 30620062
Mail Checks to: NIAF / Italian American Relief 1860 19th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 For additional information, please contact 202-387-0600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSTIY,
The Fund for Italy Team