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Pittsburgh Pays it Forward to New Zealand Victims

Pittsburgh's plan to bring some light to the country's "darkest days." How you can help.

Pittsburghers have a special affinity with the residents of Christchurch, New Zealand.

It was just 5 months ago that an anti-Semitic gunman killed 11 Jewish worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Members of Pittsburgh's Muslim community were among those who immediately reached out with emotional and financial support. So it's not surprising that Pittsburgh's Jewish community immediately jumped in to raise funds to help the victims of the anti-Islamic attack at Christchurch this week that killed at least 49 people worshiping in two mosques.

The Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, which created the Victims of Terror Fund after the Tree of Life massacre, has now established the New Zealand Attack Emergency Relief Fund to support the Muslim community of New Zealand "as they deal with this horrific hate crime." The Jewish Federation hasn't said how much money they expect to raise for New Zealand.

The Victims of Terror Fund managed $6.3 million donated from all over the world, and as we reported (click here), a blue-ribbon committee recently decided how to distribute the funds.

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New Zealand Attack Fund organizers promise 100% net of credit card fees will go to help people in need from the massacre. They say they are still in the process of identifying the best international partner to work with to distribute the funds.

Click here if you'd like to donate.

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