A worldwide campaign to raise money for the repair of Notre Dame is on – and Newsmax readers can help make a difference with a donation of any size to restore the famed French landmark to its former glory.
Millions around the globe watched in horror Tuesday as an intense fire swept through the 850-year-old Catholic cathedral on Paris' Île de la Cité, toppling its spire, caving its roof, and destroying large sections of the 420-foot-long, 157-feet-wide structure.
And France's three wealthiest families have launched a fundraising drive that has already surpassed $700 million.
That might seem like a lot. But the ambitious restoration will require the need of an international team of hundreds of architectural specialists, craftsman, and construction engineers for work that could take up to five years to complete.
Considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, Notre Dame – the setting for Victor Hugo's classic 1831 novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," has been crumbling and in need of repair for years.
With French President Emmanuel Macron pledging to rebuild the beloved structure, which greets over 14 million visitors per year, "even more beautifully, here are four ways that you can make a difference by giving to:"
Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris: This nonprofit, located both in France and the U.S., has been at the forefront of raising money for the church's desperately needed facelift. The U.S. branch is recognized as a 501c3 charity, so all donations are tax-deductible. To donate, visit the group's website or send your gift to Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris, PNC Bank, 800 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.
Fondation du Patrimoine: This French nonprofit is a private organization dedicated helping to saving French cultural and natural heritage and has established a special Notre-Dame rebuilding fund. The group's communication chief Julien Guinhut warned the work will not be easy:
"There is still a risk of collapse of any part of the church, so the priority goes to the 'securitization' of the area to make sure that experts can go safely into the church. We are deeply concerned that we could have structural issues."
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception: This Roman Catholic basilica and national shrine in Washington, D.C., is the largest Catholic church in the U.S. and North America, with its century-old Neo-Byzantine architecture by renowned contractor John McShain. It has launched its own fundraiser for Notre Dame.
"The devotion of the faithful made the Cathedral of Notre Dame a welcoming place of worship and pilgrimage for more than eight centuries and now will rely on the generosity of the world to rebuild this sacred place of worship," says Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, Rector of the Basilica. "The Basilica . . . encourages those whose lives have been touched by this iconic Cathedral, to support the effort to resurrect and rebuild this church which has touched the hearts and souls of the world."
French Heritage Society: An American non-profit with 11 chapters in the U.S. and one in France, dedicated to preservation, restoration, and promotion of the rich French architectural and cultural heritage in both nations.
"This tragedy is an urgent reminder of the fragility of our rare architectural treasures and the vital work to preserve them for future generations," the society said in a statement. Donations are tax deductible.
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