United Way of King County has established the Sept. 24 Aurora Collision Relief Fund, with all proceeds to support patients and their families. Donations can be made at www.uwkc.org/aurora.
The Sept. 24 crash on the Aurora Bridge, involving a Ride the Ducks vehicle and a charter bus carrying college students, has resulted in several patients requiring long-term medical care. The international students, other visitors from overseas and their families who speak little or no English have unique needs for housing, transportation and meals.
Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines have provided flights to reunite families after the crash. T-Mobile has provided international phone services to keep families connected. RealNetworks Foundation has made a sizeable financial donation to kick-start relief efforts.
The Seattle Hotel Association has coordinated the donations of rooms at numerous hotels, including Travelodge Seattle Center, Clise Properties, Hilton Seattle, Silver Cloud Lake Union, Marqueen/Inn at Queen Anne, Hotel Nexus, Waterfront Marriott, Inn at Virginia Mason, Motif Seattle, Homewood Suites, Alexis Hotel, Silver Cloud Broadway, Pan Pacific Hotel, Pineapple Hotels - Hotel Five, Best Western Executel – Airport and Mayflower Park Hotel.
Several restaurants, including Munchery, Poquitos, Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Rhein Haus and Canlis have donated food to families and first-responders.
Because of the outpouring of support and requests to make financial contributions, the Foundation for the Seattle Colleges has set up a fund to aid North Seattle College students and staff in need. To make a financial contribution to this fund, visit the North Seattle College or Seattle Colleges websites. All proceeds will go directly toward helping the students and staff involved in the accident.