CORRECTION 01/13/23: Raïf issued an update on his GoFundMe page, after a neighbor mistakenly shared with us that he worked as a firefighter on 9/11.
“Hello everyone!!! Thank you to everyone who has donated or shared. I am more grateful than you will ever know . I need to clear something up that someone told me is going around Facebook, I was NOT a firefighter at any point of my life. I was a personal trainer working in southern Manhattan that dreadful morning. I ran to the towers to assist the firemen and police as a civilian first responder and was buried in the rubble when the building collapsed.”
Greenpointers was recently contacted by a reader who asked if we could share a new GoFundMe campaign for a neighbor in need, Raïf.
“He was a firefighter who survived 911,” the neighbor wrote. “To cope with the trauma, he was given a service dog named Snoopy who he raised as a pup. Everyday for yrs he and Snoopy would go for walks in the hood making life a little brighter for everyone who ran into them. A few days before Xmas I learned Snoopy had passed away. Since Raïf is on disability, he’s trying to raise $ for another service dog.”
Every little bit counts!