Nightly News   |  July 03, 2013

100 Club offers support to families of Arizona firefighters

The 100 Club of Arizona, a nonprofit, offers immediate financial and emotional help to the surviving spouse, children and parents of fallen officers and firefighters.  Donations have poured in to help the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew, who died fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, providing them with checks for $15,000.  NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports.

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>>> finally tonight, as we said our making a difference report and the kindness of strangers following the fire tragedy in arizona , for the 19 families of the fallen, an outpouring of support from volunteers who know what they are going through all too well right now. gabe gutierrez with more on how they are making a difference.

>> reporter: loss is often described as unimaginable. but sharon knutsen felix knows the feeling well. that's why she's come to prescott.

>> that is probably the only thing that keeps me going sometimes, knowing i can do something good in one of the most awful times of people's liz.

>> reporter: 15 years ago, her husband doug was killed in the line of duty in her darkest days , she got an unexpected visit.

>> it was these strangers that showed up on my door.

>> reporter: they were from the 100 club of arizona . a nonprofit that offers immediate finance and emotional help to the surviving wife and children. donations are pouring in. more than half a million dollars in three days. the idea behind the club started in detroit. in 1952 . a local businessman asked 100 of his friends to donate $100 to help the family of a fallen police officer . the concept has spread to other states. this man is now helping to deliver $15,000 checks to families of firefighters.

>> they are overwhelmed. so much they did not expect. because when i feel love

>> at last night's community vigil, another 100 club member, angela harrell, a widow herself, consoled relatives.

>> we hope this money can be used for whatever their desire is.

>> reporter: for danny and michelle parker, who just lost their son wayne that support is breath taking.

>> the 100 club is not a club you want to be in, but you appreciate it and so grateful for everything they do.

>> reporter: a small bit of comfort from those who have been there before. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, prescott, arizona .