GLENDALE – The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region has donated two boxes of brand new t-shirts to the Armenian Relief Society to send to Yerevan’s School for Children with Special Needs in Armenia. The t-shirts were overstock from ANCA-WR events and programs that had never been used, so the organization was eager to give them to a good cause.
“We normally operate in the realm of American politics, however, when the opportunity came up, the ANCA-WR was very happy to help those in need in Armenia,” said Executive Director William Bairamian. “We never forget that there are Armenians living in bad circumstances and we take every opportunity to help them when we can.”
Yerevan’s School for Children with Special Needs is a boarding school in Armenia which provides free living and food to children from ages six to fourteen. The school teaches their students how to interact with others and other skills, such as how to use a computer. With funding from the Ministry of Culture, the school has vocal, piano, and drama clubs for their students. Also, the school provides Armenian and Latin American dance classes for their students.
“The donation of these t-shirts will surely benefit students of this school. We are aware of their needs and a contribution such as this is another means by which they can connect with the Diaspora. We thank the ANCA-WR for this donation, as well as their continuous support of ARS programs and activities,” said Arousyak Melkonian, Chairperson of the Armenian Relief Society of Western USA’s Regional Executive Board.
The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.
To learn more about the Armenian Relief Society, visit its Web site.