SURFSIDE, FLA. (WSVN) - Members of the Miami Heat and the Miami Marlins stepped up to help those affected by the partial building collapse at the Champlain Towers in Surfside, and other local teams sent messages of hope and prayers.
Miami Heat officials said they consider all of South Florida as Heat Nation. From Mickey Arison to Pat Riley, to the coaches and players, the basketball team has always helped when people in the community are in need of support.
According to Chris Perkins with The Sun Sentinel, members of the team, including Tyler Herro and Chris Quinn, joined assistant coaches and front office staff to bring supplies to those in need on Thursday.
They also provided meals and snacks for first responders near the site of the building collapse and people at the family reunification center at 9301 Collins Avenue.
Supplies are being collected to help first responders and those who are at the reunification center.
Video captured by Perkins showed Miami Heat officials loading the supplies into the trunks of vehicles.
The Miami Heat released a statement that reads, “We were devastated to hear of the catastrophic Champlain Towers building collapse in Surfside. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We are thankful for the first responders who are working around the clock in rescue efforts.”
The Heat also provided food trucks through the World Central Kitchen to feed first responders, displaced victims and their families on site around the clock.
They are also working with Direct Relief to provide clothing and information on housing for those who need help.
Before the first pitch was thrown at the game between the Miami Marlins and the Washington Nationals, Marlins manager Don Mattingly addressed the tragedy.
“Didn’t seem to get that off the news this morning, and just that tragedy and seeing that, we’re thinking about all the folks in there,” he said.
The baseball team sent three vans filled with meals and water to rescue workers. In addition, they sent kits of essential items to the residents who have been displaced and impacted by the collapse.
Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins released a statement that reads, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families as they deal with this sudden and tragic loss. We also appreciate our first responders and volunteers that have worked tirelessly today to lead rescue and relief efforts.”
The team also had the Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program partner with Seed Miami Food Truck to provide meals for affected families and first responders.
The Florida Panthers released a statement that reads, “It’s devastating to see the horrific scene in Surfside Beach today. Our hearts ache for the homes destroyed and families and individuals impacted.”
David Beckham and Inter Miami also released a statement that reads in part, “We are heartbroken. A special thank you to all the first responders who are going above and beyond in the rescue efforts.”
The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has also stepped up to help those affected.
The federation has opened an emergency assistance fund for the short and long-term needs of those who were impacted by the collapse.
To make a contribution online, click here.
Donation checks with the notation “Surfside Building Collapse” can be mailed to Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, FL 33137.
For more information about the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s special relief funds call 305-576-4000.
Those who live at the Champlain Towers South Condo are being asked to complete a Wellness Check Form as part of Miami-Dade County’s efforts to ensure all tenants of the building are located.
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