Grenfell Tower Fire

**Update, Tuesday, June 20**

Goods which have been donated have now overwhelmed the volunteers. This is an extraordinary testament to the goodwill of the community.

– they have far too much stuff and are asking for no more to be sent.

  1. Ironically, we’ve been told by local organisations that they may need help in the future to find a home for many of these goods(!)
  2. The government and local council are now taking care of immediate needs – housing etc.
  3. Phone credit is needed by residents so they can contact loved ones.
  4. Organisations on the ground have said that there is no one taking control centrally for counselling, which will be of particular importance in the days and weeks to come.
  5. There are community action groups coming together on Facebook – as previously, we advise caution that the community ensures they are legitimate before engaging.

**Update, Friday, June 16 **

Local organisations have told us that no more donations of goods are required at present. If you would be interested in volunteering, you can email Kensington and Chelsea Council directly on: Grenfellvolunteers@rbkc.gov.uk. Donations of cash, however, are needed and are being taken, and there are a number of reputable appeals running.

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The whole World Jewish Relief team was shocked and saddened to wake up this morning to the terrible images of the Grenfell Tower fire. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and all those suffering. The outpouring of love and support from the Jewish and wider community today has been remarkable.

Given World Jewish Relief's expertise in responding to international disasters, we have been asked for our advice on how the community might best respond to this particular disaster.

Having spoken to a number of organisations working in the area, the situation is changing rapidly and although there are many offers of support today, the residents of the tower will need care and support for many weeks and months ahead.

Local charities have been inundated with donations of food and clothes and have told us that they have enough for today (Wednesday). However, donations will be accepted again tomorrow (Thursday) and should anything not be used by residents, it will be shared with the wider community including homeless shelters.

Before setting up your own collection, we advise that you make contact with a local organisation to make sure you are collecting goods which are needed and arrange a way for the goods to reach them in a timely manner.

There are a number of charities accepting cash donations. World Jewish Relief's advice is that before donating to any appeal fund, the Jewish community should check that the funding is going to a registered charity. The Charity Commission website offers advice on this.

Amazon Wishlists are also being used to provide support, and again we advise appropriate due diligence.

If you are worried about a loved one or would like to report someone as safe, please contact the Metropolitan Police's casualty bureau on 0800 0961 233.

New North London Synagogue have arranged a collection: 020 8346 8560

Holland Park Synagogue - collection on Sunday: 020 7603 7961

New West End Synagogue - collection on Sunday: 020 7229 2631

Golders Green United Synagogue - collection on Sunday: 020 8455 2460

Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue - collection happened on Wednesday night.

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