PHOENIX — Nonprofits have raised an estimated $7 million in response to the Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 Arizona firefighters and burned more than 100 homes.
Some of the organizations are focusing on the needs of the dead Hotshots’ families while others also provide help to displaced residents and other needs, the Arizona Republic reported on Tuesday.
Most of the money has yet to be distributed.
“We’re working on putting that process together,” said Megan Brownell of the Arizona Community Foundation, which has more than $932,000 in two separate Yarnell funds for disaster relief and for scholarship funds for the firefighters’ dependent children.
Firefighter charities have collected about $3 million in a relief fund to benefit the families. It includes $476,000 raised at a Monday benefit concert featuring Dierks Bentley.
The 100 Club of Arizona, a nonprofit that aids families of fallen Arizona first responders, has raised at least $1.5 million for the firefighters’ families and related costs, including those related to a July 9 memorial service for the firefighters.
The organization has spent less than $700,000, including memorial expenses and providing $15,000 to each of the 19 families.
“So much more money will go out,” said Sharon Knutson-Felix, the 100 club’s executive director.
The Grand Canyon chapter of the American Red Cross raised about $450,000 for Yarnell relief, along with an undisclosed amount at the national level. Most of that has been spent, with less than $100,000 remaining, said Brian Gomez, a spokesman in Phoenix.
Most of the money was spent to set up, staff and maintain Red Cross shelters for displaced residents. The hundreds of volunteers worked for free but had travel costs.
Gomez said some Red Cross money also went directly to displaced Yarnell and Peeples Valley residents, including cash for clothing and food. For residents with longer-term needs, such as a place to stay, the Red Cross may pay for their security deposit and first month’s apartment rent, Gomez said.