Orland Bus Crash: 5 ways to help victims' families

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As friends and families remember those who died in a fiery wreck on the I-5 in Orland, Calif. last week, organizations have stepped up to collect donations to assist the families that have been affected.

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Money collected through these funds will help with costs related to the fatal incident, including transportation, health care and funeral arrangements. 

"These are families that really don't have the money," said Branimir Kvartuc, communications director with Los Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino's office. 

Councilman Buscaino has teamed up with Sharefest to launch the "Humboldt Bus Crash Victims Assistance Fund," which is intended to aid victims and their families going through financial hardships as a result of the crash.

"By raising funds for these victims, the councilman is thinking this will help them stay on course towards their education," Kvartuc said.

Below is a list of funds and what the money will go toward:

  1. Humboldt Bus Crash Victims Assistance Fund "will be used towards helping victims and their families through any financial hardships as they physically and emotionally heal from the tragic accident."
  2. The LAUSD Family Support Fund was set up by the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles School Police Association and the Friends of Safe School USA to aid the families of those "within the LAUSD affected by this tragedy." The website states that 100 percent of the funds "will be given to the families affected by this tragedy."
  3. Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation "will support the students and families affected by the tragedy. Gifts to the Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation may be made in memory or honor of affected individuals."
  4. Community Response Fund is collecting money on behalf of the families affected by the crash. The money "may be used for families in need of financial support related to this tragedy; travel to the North State, hotel, food, etc.; and/or to support other charitable efforts to benefit those affected by this accident."
  5. Jennifer Bonilla Fund is collecting money to assist Bonilla's mother "with burial and additional arrangements as necessary," according to the fundraiser page." The fund, which which was set up two days ago, has already raised its goal of $10,000.

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