The ‘El Faro’ Family Relief Fund

The El Faro is shown in this undated handout photo provided by Tote Maritime in Jacksonville, Florida, October 2, 2015. The U.S. Coast Guard said on Friday it was searching for the 735-foot cargo ship with 33 crew members aboard reported to be caught in the powerful Hurricane Joaquin near Crooked Island, Bahamas. The container ship El Faro was en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico from Jacksonville, Florida when the Coast Guard received a satellite notification that the ship had lost propulsion and was listing heavily. The crew reported flooding had been contained. REUTERS/Tote Maritime/Handout via Reuters    ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO SALES.

The sad loss of all lives aboard the El Faro which was lost at sea in the midst of Hurricane Joaquin hits our area here hard. The New England’s 2 maritime schools, Maine and Mass Maritime Academy’s both had alumni aboard and many of the families affected live in or near our area here. With that in mind, we offer this update on the support fund being started to help the families of those lost at sea.

From GCaptain: TOTE Maritime, owners of the cargo ship El Faro, said Friday that it has set up a family relief fund for the 33 families of the El Faro crew.

The fund will be held and administered by the Seamen’s Church Institute, North America’s largest mariners’ service agency.

“Over the last few days we have had hundreds of employees, mariners, customers and individuals from around the country inquire about where to donate in support of the families” noted Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE. “This fund will ensure that 100 percent of all gifts goes directly to the families as they deal with the loss of a loved one. We continue to keep the families and loved ones of the crew of the El Faro in our thoughts and prayers.”

TOTE will also be establishing an education fund for the children of the El Faro crew members that will support diverse educational needs.

Details: El Faro Family Relief Fund

Every little bit will help them out. Get involved and help our fellow mariners.

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