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United Way distributing $525K to mudslide victims

United Way distributing $525K to mudslide victims

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EVERETT, Wash. – A spokesman for United Way of Snohomish County says the organization plans to distribute as much as $525,000 this week to help victims of the deadly March 22 mudslide that hit Oso.

The organization has collected $1.3 million so far for Oso relief.

Organization president Dennis Smith says $400,000 will go directly to families for immediate recovery needs such as temporary housing, child care, food, gas cards, commuting costs and support for local volunteer responders.

As much as $125,000 will go to support community groups.

Smith says “100 percent of all dollars raised” will to go the recovery effort.

He says more than $550,000 has come from a telethon and related television appeals for donations, more than $410,000 has come from corporate sponsors and more than $350,000 has come from individual donations “from nearly every state.”

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