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Buddhist charity giving $10M to Sandy victims

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Comptroller John Liu announced a multi-million dollar Thanksgiving emergency cash assistance program for victims of Superstorm Sandy with the Tzu Chi Foundation Sunday afternoon in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn. 

The Tzu Chi Foundation, a Buddhist disaster relief organization, is giving $10 million to Superstorm Sandy victims in New York City. 

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

Volunteers from the Tzu Chi organization are going around badly damaged neighborhoods to meet eligible people.  

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

Storm victims also can call the foundation at 877-889-8244.

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