Rhode Islanders, 

 

I'm asking for your help to raise $50,000 for Rhode Island military families in need. 

 

My team is kicking off the 1st virtual campaign to support the Rhode Island Military Family Relief Fund. The fund assists our active duty, reserve and National Guard military members and their families in times of crisis by allowing individuals to apply for emergency financial assistance grants.

 

In 2019, we distributed over $63,000 to military families to help cover costs such as rent, mortgages, utility bills, medical services and insurance or vehicle payments. 100% of all donations go directly to our military families.

 

We need your support to replenish the fund. Any donation—$10, $25, $100—will help us reach our initial $50,000 goal. 

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