University's September 11th Fund Collects More Than $18,000

University's September 11th Fund Collects More Than $18,000

The Boston College September 11th Fund has forwarded contributions of more than $18,000 from the University community to two organizations aiding families affected by last fall's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC.

According to Director of Employee Development Bernard O'Kane, the BC fund totaled $18,117.42 as of Dec. 17. Checks of $8,733.71 each have been sent to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children's Benefit Fund. In addition, the American Red Cross was sent six personal checks totaling $650, which had been made payable directly to the organization.

More than 100 University administrators, faculty and staff contributed to the fund, O'Kane said, as did "thousands of students, undergraduate and graduate." Some contributions were made in memory of alumni and friends and in lieu of flowers to recently deceased relatives of faculty.

"It's been heartening to see how the BC community came together to offer their support," said O'Kane.

Since the University has now closed out its September 11th Fund account, any future donations should be made directly to the two designated organizations, or to other charities providing post-Sept. 11 relief.

In a related story, a group of students from the Gonzaga residence hall traveled to New York City last month to present $800 worth of winter clothing to relief workers at Ground Zero.

-Sean Smith

 

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