GLENDALE–In response to the devastating Tsunami in Southeast Asia–the Armenian Relief Society of Western USA (ARS-WR) has called on its communities to donate generously to a special ARS Tsunami Fund.
"How can we as Armenia’s not remember the generosity of the world community when the entire world opened their hearts and gave tremendous support following the 1988 Spitak earthquake that took the lives of thousands?" asked Angela Savoian–Chair–ARS-WR Regional Executive. "In turn–we must do our part in helping the victims of this overwhelming disaster that has left millions in parts of Indonesia–Sri Lanka–India–Thailand–Malaysia–and the Maldives in such dire straits."
The Boston-based ARS Central Executive has already made a contribution to the American Red Cross and has appealed to its entities in 24 countries to mobilize their membership and communities to also provide assistance.
ARS-WR chair Angela Savoian launched the start of the fundraising campaign for the tsunami victims–at the ARS-WR regional membership Christmas party on January 4; following her announcement–members–who had gathered from chapters across the Southland from San Diego to the San Fernando Valley–observed a moment of silence for the 160,000 victims of the tragedy.
During a day-long fundraising campaign on January 15–volunteers will be stationed at ARS-WR headquarters–located at 517 W. Glenoaks–Glendale–CA 91202-2812–to accept monetary donations for the ARS Tsunami Fund; local dignitaries and the press are invited to visit the center at 3:00 p.m. Donations may also be mailed directly to the ARS-WR–to the above address. All donations are tax-deductible.