Pulse workers to receive funds for living expenses

Money raised through several fundraisers

ORLANDO, Fla. – Employees of the Pulse nightclub will begin receiving money Thursday morning, raised as part of the Pulse Employee Fund.

The fund was set up within the first 24 hours after the shooting on June 12 that claimed 49 lives.

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Workers have been unable to earn money there ever since, and the community has come together to raise more than $50,000, according to Pulse spokeswoman Sara Brady.

The money was raised at several fundraisers around Central Florida and around the nation.

Brady said employees filled out applications and the amount of money they receive will be based on their needs.

Some will receive money to help cover car payments, phone bills and rent. Other employees who were wounded in the shooting have bigger needs.

Funds will be distributed to help pay for counseling, transportation to doctor appointments and more.

Funds are also being distributed to help Pulse workers get to new jobs they may have found since the shooting.

A board member for the nonprofit distributing the money, Aly Benitez, said she's glad they could get the money turned around so quickly.

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