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Fund for the Flood set to accept applications for home repairs in Santa Fe

October 8, 2018

The Santa Fe Community Foundation will start taking applications Wednesday for aid to complete home repairs from damage caused by the July 23 deluge in the city, a spokeswoman said.

The foundation’s Fund for the Flood has reached a $10,000 threshold in donations to open the application process and will start orchestrating services for up to $1,000 in repairs in the coming weeks for homeowners dealing with damage from the flooding, spokeswoman Jamie Aranda said.

By Friday, the foundation had received 37 donations totaling $10,130, she said.

Larry Gibson helped generate about half of those donations. Gibson, 60, has lived in different areas around the Gulf Coast and saw firsthand the devastation flooding can cause, he said.

When Santa Fe faced a similar battle against rising waters from monsoon rains in July — and the subsequent challenges to recover — Gibson said he was compelled to aid the community he’s called home for the past two years.

“It was just something that hit home,” said Gibson, whose own house was not affected. “I could understand what they were going through.”

To make a difference, he donated $2,500 to the Fund for the Flood, and his former employer, Shell Oil Co., matched his donation. He said Fund for the Flood is an opportunity for community members to help each other.

“People are financially challenged to bounce back and get their lives on track,” he said. “It’s a chance for people who are able to help others get their lives back.”

There is still a large need for monetary and in-kind service donations, Aranda said.

Habitat for Humanity, which partnered with the foundation on the fundraising campaign, will assess applicants’ homes and assist with repairs.

When filling out applications, people should prioritize their top need, Aranda said.

Applications will be available on the foundation’s website, santafecf.org/santafeflood, starting Monday.

How to help

• The Santa Fe Community Foundation is accepting donations for its Fund for the Flood on its website: santafecf.org/give-now. When donating, click the drop-down menu specifying the cause and select Fund for the Flood.

• You can also visit the organization’s Facebook page to donate to the fund through a crowdrise.com campaign: facebook.com/santafecf.

• Checks can be mailed to:

Santa Fe Community Foundation

P.O. Box 1827

Santa Fe, NM 87504-1827

• Businesses wishing to offer in-kind services may contact Jamie Aranda at 505-988-9715, ext. 7004.

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