A fund established to aid the children of astronauts killed on the space shuttle Challenger is now seeking donations for children of Columbia’s crew. The nonprofit Space Shuttle Children’s Trust Fund announced Monday it had opened a post office box to receive donations.
The fund was founded in 1986, a day after the Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff and killed the six astronauts and teacher Christa McAuliffe. Since then, the fund has paid an estimated $1.2 million to provide for the health, education and support of the children the seven left behind.
Donations for the 12 children of Columbia’s astronauts can be mailed to:
Space Shuttle Children’s Trust Fund
P.O. Box 34600
Washington, D.C. 20043-4600.