Officials urge local help on tsunami relief

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 3, 2005

Ohio's government leaders are asking Buckeye residents to open their hearts and wallets to help people in those countries devastated by last week's tsunami and earthquake.

"The death toll as a result of this terrible earthquake continues to rise and the aftermath is more devastating than anyone could have imagined," Governor Bob Taft said. "Ohioans are generous, compassionate people who are always ready to help in the time of need. The best, most effective way to pitch in is through cash donations so that the Red Cross can ship desperately needed supplies to the survivors."

U.S. Sixth District Congressman Ted Strickland has included on his Web site a list of relief agencies through which Ohioans can make donations to help relief efforts.

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"All the world's citizens have been affected by the devastation and heartbreaking loss of life that took place this past week," Strickland said. "We are all saddened by the disaster and many Ohioans are looking for ways to help the people in that region. I hope this brief list on my Web site will help."

Strickland's Web site address is

International Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in South Asia are currently mobilizing staff and volunteers to affected areas to assist with immediate needs. Emergency assessment and first-aid teams have already reached some of the affected areas.

The American Red Cross continues to maintain contact with and to coordinate activities with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the world.

The American Red Cross is prepared to support the Movement's emergency response operations through the contribution of relief supplies, financial assistance or personnel, as requested by our sister International Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in the disaster-affected areas.

Annabelle Jenkins, Lawrence County coordinator for the American Red Cross, said the Red Cross relief drive started only recently so she is not sure if there has been much of a local response to the agency's appeal. She said traditionally, Lawrence Countians tend to lend greater support to relief efforts for disasters that are closer to home.

"National disasters do prompt more response," Jenkins said. "I do get calls when there is a national disaster from people who say they have a truck load of stuff and want to know where to send it."

Those people who wish to donate to the Asian tsunami relief may send their checks to the Western West Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 467, Huntington, W.Va. 25709. All donations should be marked in the memo portion of the check "tsunami relief."