Wed, Jan 26, 2005
Effort To Support American Red Cross
Civil Air Patrol members are heeding
the call to help millions of families in South Asia and Eastern
Africa, victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami that killed more than
150,000 people and destroyed countless homes and businesses.
The American Red Cross announced Jan. 7 that it needs an
approximately $400 million to respond to the immediate and
long-term needs of tsunami victims. CAP is responding to this
challenge by establishing the CAP Tsunami Relief Project. The
donations made by approximately 60,000 members of CAP will benefit
tsunami relief efforts through the American Red Cross International
Response Fund .
"As volunteers deeply involved in disaster relief, we -- more
than others -- understand the enormity of the task facing the world
relief organizations," said Maj. Gen. Dwight H. Wheless, CAP
national commander. "I challenge all Civil Air Patrol members and
units to seriously consider making tsunami financial relief a major
goal until emergency needs are met."
In coordination with other global partners, the Red Cross uses
resources from its International Response Fund for such needs as
emergency and supplemental food aid; safe drinking water and
sanitation; vaccinations and healthcare; personal goods such as
sleeping mats, blankets, sheets and mosquito nets; personal hygiene
kits and mental health counseling.
"The American Red Cross has performed admirably during the
tsunami disaster. Their resources have been stretched to the limit.
Join me in contributing to the Red Cross and praying for the people
who have lost family members, homes and livelihood," said Chaplain
Col. Charles Sharp, chief, CAP chaplain service.
CAP will present the proceeds from its Tsunami Relief Project to
the American Red Cross at CAP's Winter National Board meeting March
1 – 5, 2005 in Washington, DC.
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