ARS Urges Opening Hearts to Hurricane Victims

Humanitarian organization appeals to Armenia’s for assistance

Following the devastation and flooding in the wake of Hurricane Katrina– the Armenian Relief Society of Western USA has begun collecting monetary donations for the victims of the Gulf Coast disaster. As rescue workers continue to pluck people from their rooftops and evacuate ravaged areas–the realization that thousands of survivors will not have homes or jobs to return to along the Gulf coast of Louisiana and Alabama is daunting.

Last January–the ARS-WR successfully collected donations for Tsunami victims. In a press release–the ARS appealed to the community to give back in this time of dire need. "We are sure that all Armenian-Americans who have felt the impact of helping hands through natural disasters–whether in Northridge or Armenia–will give generously to the ARS."

The Western Region’s chair of the ARS Angela Savoian urged the organization’s members–supporters–and the community-at-large to lend a hand to victims. "These are times to let actions speak for themselves," said Savoian.

"The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is too disastrous to describe–but we? all of us are ready to take on the responsibility to alleviate the suffering of fellow citizens in the Gulf States. Let’s open up our hearts to the losses of lives–homes and livelihoods–and be generous with our donations."

The Western Prelacy has designated the ARS as one of the agencies to contact for offering Gulf Coast disaster relief donations. Send your tax-deductible donations payable to the ARS of Western USA–Regional Executive immediately. Please indicate that your donation is for the "Hurricane Victims Fund."

Donations can be mailed to: Armenian Relief Society of Western USA Inc–Regional Executive–517 W. Glenoaks Blvd.–Glendale–CA 91202-2812–or by visiting the ARS Western regions headquarters at the same address.

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