Chargers give $646,000 in wildfire-related grants

Chargers give$646,000 in wildfire-related grants

8 March 2008

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USA — The Chargers contributed $646,000 this week to nonprofit andfirefighting agencies that assisted victims during and after last fall’swildfires.

The largest award went to Interfaith Community Services, which received $332,274for its purchase of residential trailers for fire victims in the East County.

Other awards went to the San Diego Food Bank, which received $100,000;ElderHelp, $85,500; the San Diego Blood Bank, $50,000; the Ramona FireDepartment, $43,500; and Intermountain Fire Rescue, $35,000.

“We need to recognize and commend the work being done by the localorganizations to help victims get back on their feet,” Chargers President DeanSpanos said.

The awards are the first round of grants from a $1 million fire-relief fundsupported by the team and the National Football League and administered by thenonprofit San Diego Foundation. The team also contributed $1 million to assistfire victims after the 2003 wildfires in the county.

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