6.16.2008

Sichuan Earthquake

A colleague of mine who is the board chair for the CDC in Chinatown
here in Philadelphia recently sent around a letter to remind folks
that China still needs help to unbury itself from last month's
earthquake catastrophe. I hadn't made a contribution before but have
done so in response to this letter; I hope you'll consider doing the
same.

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Dear friends-

I am writing to personally ask for your help in getting aid to the
survivors of one of the worst earthquakes in decades that struck in
Sichuan , China. Even a month after the disaster there is a great
need for supplies, food, medicine, housing and fresh water. There
have been around 70,000 deaths and still close to 20,000 missing in
the disaster.

I have been in touch with Paul Michele who has been working to get
supplies to a group called Half The Sky which "was created in order to
enrich the lives and enhance the prospects for orphaned children in
China. We establish and operate infant nurture and preschool programs,
provide personalized learning for older children and establish loving
permanent family care and guidance for children with disabilities. It
is our goal to ensure that every orphaned child has a caring adult in
her life and a chance at a bright future." (see
http://www.halfthesky.org/work/earthquake08-healing.php#part2 for
recent pictures and info on Half The Sky). In addition, the Chinese
Red Cross is bringing relief to the hard hit areas.

A great effort is ongoing here to fill and ship a large container of
clothing, supplies and water to China on June 27th for Half The Sky.
This may be the first time that Philadelphia has sent a shipping
container to help the children of China.

So, I am asking for your help in either donating funds for water (many
cases to be bought to finish filling the container) and shipping costs
and/or to help with the loading on June 27th. Donations of $100, $50,
$25 or more are welcome and can be made payable to "PCDC" (tax
deductible). Please make sure to note that this is a donation towards
Sichuan relief, June 27th. The funds will be used to finish
purchasing water and other goods for the container and anything left
over will go directly to the Chinese Red Cross. Please include your
name and contact information.

You can send donations directly to: PCDC, 301 N 9th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Please let me know as well what you can do to help.

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