AYF Ships 5,000 Pounds of Clothing to Armenia, Artsakh, Javakhk

GLENDALE, CA—Members of the Armenian Youth Federation on Saturday packaged thousands of pounds of clothing, bedding and household supplies into more than 100 boxes to be shipped to villages throughout Armenia, Artsakh, and Javakhk.

The items were collected over a two-month period last year, from 9 drop-off locations throughout California, and in Las Vegas. The boxes, each weighing 50 pounds, were transported Saturday to the Long-Beach warehouse of the Paros Lighthouse Armenian Charitable Foundation. Paros will then send the boxes to warehouses in Armenia, where they will be sorted and distributed based on individual family needs, village by village.

“Here in the United States, we often take many of our daily comforts and luxuries for granted, including the abundance of clothing,” said Patil Aslanian, a member of the AYF’s Central Executive. “We want to thank the community for the overwhelming support given to this project and, particularly, the Paros Foundation for shipping and distributing the clothes to villages in Armenia, Javakhk, and Karabakh,”

The Paros Lighthouse Charitable Foundation, established by Zuhrab and Seta Ghazarian in 2000, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that gives donors and sponsors in the US and around the world an opportunity and vehicle to assist in the support of the needy and fallen families in Armenia.

The foundation also maintains a school in the Bdghounk village of Armavir province, sponsors surgeries for underprivileged children throughout Armenia, collects and distributes food products to poor villages, and helps families in need furnish their homes. For more information on its activities and public service initiatives visit, http://www.parosfoundation.org/

Founded in 1933, the Armenian Youth Federation is the largest and most influential Armenian American youth organization in the United States, working to advance the social, political, educational and cultural awareness of Armenian-American youth.


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  1. Arto said:

    The money to transport all those used clothes from LA to Armenia. I don’t know if this is such a good idea.
    Why not set up a small microcredit project that gives small loans for people to start small business. This MicroCredit model had done wonders in all parts of the world.

  2. Svetlana Swanson said:

    It is understandable that emergency relief is needed when there is disaster. However, what you are doing now, under the present circumstances, is counter productive; giving to poor nations, which suffer from monopolistic corruption and lack of productive enterprises, only, creates a new generation of beggars. If you want to do something good for that country, go negotiate with the government to open up a productive business there and employ people there.
    Enough of this nonsense!
    Remind your leaders that they are the ones who created ANCHA (Armenian National Committee for the resettlement of Homeless Armenians) after WWII to resettle Armenian refugees in America and other Western countries.
    Where is the ANCHA of today to resettle Armenians in their homeland and give them housing and gainful employment there?

  3. zohrab said:

    well svetlana makes sense however somehow we should help them in any way we can specially villagers