Buddhist charity giving $10 million to Sandy victims

November 19, 2012 4:56:50 AM PST
A Buddhist disaster relief organization is giving $10 million to Superstorm Sandy victims in New York City.

City Comptroller John Liu announced the plan Sunday with representatives of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation and other religious organizations.

The foundation raised the money from individual contributors around the world. Most families identified as eligible for the help will get $600, in the form of a Visa debit card.

Tzu Chi volunteers are going around badly damaged neighborhoods to meet eligible people. Storm victims also can call the foundation at 877-889-8244.

The charity was founded in 1966 in Hualien, Taiwan. It now has more than 80 offices in the United States. Its name means "compassionate relief" in Mandarin.

Liu's office is helping the foundation coordinate the relief effort.

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