SAN DIEGO — For victims of the devastating October wildfires, the online donations being generated across the U.S. by the National Credit Union Foundation under its new CUAid program are a godsend even if some of the grants appear small to homeowners, CU officials said here last week.

"We've had many of our members, some who lived in mobile home parks and lost their trailers, thank us for getting us those initial funds," said Kimberly Bianco, marketing manager at the $900 million First Future Credit Union of San Diego which reported 23 of its members lost homes.

Bianco said the process of obtaining the $1,000 NCUF grants has proved simple with a minimum of paperwork from the CU and the victim.

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