B’nai B’rith International has opened its Flood, Tornado and Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund in the wake of the devastating floods that have swept through central Texas leaving at least 19 dead, many more missing, and destroying thousands of homes, businesses and other personal property.
B’nai B’rith pledges to use its contacts in the area and to work with other agencies and coalitions to support the emergency, recovery and long-term rebuilding efforts that will be needed as the situation unfolds.
“In the mid-1800s, B’nai B’rith’s first involvement with disaster relief was aiding the people of Baltimore following a tragic flood. Staying true to our roots, B’nai B’rith will again assist those in need following this episode of destructive flooding,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said.
Rain drove through the heart of the state on May 25 and into May 26, affecting the Dallas and Austin areas, and paralyzing Houston with more than 11 inches of rain.
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 tornadoes in Moore, Okla., in 2013. B’nai B’rith disaster relief funds have also provided aid to those affected by the Nepal earthquake, supported victims and families of the terror attack on university students in Kenya, and assisted in curtailing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
“For B’nai B’rith, it doesn’t matter where the disaster strikes—we will be there. Whether it’s on the other side of the planet or in our own backyard, we’re both quick to respond and always eyeing how to help the long term recovery effort. It’s no different with the flooding in Texas. I’m eager to learn from agencies on the ground and from our local members on how we can be involved in assisting these people,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.
To help, donate online at our secure website by clicking here.
You can also 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
Disaster Relief Fund
1120 20th Street NW, Suite 300 North
Washington, DC 20036