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Fund Delivers $10 Million To 2007 San Diego Wildfire Victims

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Aired 4/26/11

A new report shows a San Diego organization invested more than $10 million to help victims of the 2007 wildfires in San Diego County.

A new report shows a San Diego organization invested more than $10 million to help victims of the 2007 wildfires in San Diego County.

The San Diego Regional Disaster Fund is a supporting organization of The San Diego Foundation, which released the report.

The money came from donations.

The Disaster Fund partnered with more than 2,200 donors and more than 50 local nonprofit agencies over three years to assist in the 2007 wildfires recovery and rebuilding efforts throughout San Diego County.

Robyn Chatten is with the San Diego Foundation. She said the money helped more than 3,000 people.

"These are people that felt they needed some form of assistance to recover from the fire," said Chatten. "And sometimes that is all the way to the extent of needing to rebuild a new home, sometimes it's just a need to get psych-social support counseling or food or other immediate needs after the disaster."

Chatten said the $10 million was distributed through grants from 2007 to 2010.

She said the money helped recovery and rebuilding efforts for more than 2,000 families. It also provided scholarships to more than 100 students whose educational plans were derailed by the fires.

Chatten said the fund also was used for environmental restoration.

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