PRESCOTT, AZ - So far more than $7 million has been raised to help the families of the Yarnell 19, the firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire last month.
The families say each fallen firefighter’s family has only received $15,000 which is money that came from the 100 Club of Arizona.
The 100 Club has collected $2 million. Seven hundred thousand dollars has been spent to help the families.
That includes the $15,000 check given to each family.
Plus money used for the memorial, funerals, and flights and hotels for family members.
The remainder will go to help the families over a lifetime.
The United Phoenix Firefighter's Association and Prescott Firefighter charities have raised a total of $3 million. Right now the organization is trying to find the best way to disperse the money.
The family dynamics of some of the hotshots are complicated and they are trying to make sure the money goes to the right people.
“There has been an overwhelming amount of support and we are so thankful for complete strangers supporting and loving our family. Sometimes it is scary because you wake up and wonder just how will you support your kids,” said Juliann Ashcraft, one of the widows.
And the third main group is the Wildland Firefighter Foundation. This organization helps the wildland fire community across the nation.
They couldn't give an exact number, but the organization has collected anywhere between $300,000 and $500,000. This money goes into their general donation fund. The organization is a 501-c3 so the money they collect will go to providing services for the families.
The organization also donated a bronze statue to the wildland firefighting community in Prescott, Ariz. The organization tells ABC15 that funds to create and relocate that statue were raised a while ago. No money outside raised outside of the fund was used to transport those funds.
And individual statutes, costing roughly $800 each, will be sent to the families of the 19 men killed in the fire.
Fifty thousand dollars have been divided among 9 of the families. They are working to get money to the rest.
Their outreach will be available to the families over a lifetime.
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