Tsunami Fundraising Transition Donor Message

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Do you have a few extra hours and an interest in helping others? Then the Snyder County Chapter needs your help. Volunteers are needed to assist with bloodmobiles, respond to disasters, teach health and safety classes and much more. Appropriate training for all positions will be provided.


January 26, 2005

The tremendous response to the tsunami by generous donors has been remarkable. People have reached out to conduct fundraising drives and benefit events, and companies have supported an enormous range of philanthropic gifts, employee and customer donation programs and matching gifts. We are grateful for your tremendous response.
On January 26, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies announced that the $1.2 billion (1.4 billion Swiss francs) pledged worldwide in the 30 days since the tsunami was sufficient to meet the costs of the entire Red Cross tsunami relief program.
Following the Federation’s lead, the American Red Cross believes that current contributions and pledges, when received from the American public, will be sufficient to carry out its immediate and longer-term plans to assist survivors of the deadly tsunami that roared ashore December 26, 2004. Due to the generous financial contributions from public, foundation and corporate supporters, which now amounts to $236.2 million, the American Red Cross will no longer engage in new fundraising activities for tsunami relief after January 26.
Many donations remain in “pledge” form and, while not yet received by the Red Cross, have been incorporated into Red Cross fundraising projections available for the relief effort. We are encouraging all of our supporters to fulfill their pledged gifts, including completing special events, corporate matching gifts, and customer and employee donation programs currently planned.
To help meet the unprecedented humanitarian needs in the wake of this catastrophic disaster, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched the largest emergency relief operation in its history. As a partner in the relief efforts, the American Red Cross is at work rushing much-needed relief supplies, specialized disaster relief experts and financial assistance to the countries suffering devastation from last month’s tsunami.
The American Red Cross two-phased assistance plan calls for specialized relief immediately and over the long term in these five areas:
• Food and safe water
• Healthcare and disease prevention
• Immediate family supplies
• Mental health counseling
• Disaster preparedness and prevention measures
It is a testament to the spirit of the American public – reaching out to do their best when others are experiencing the worst – that we are able to make this announcement now. Our donors trust the Red Cross to help them help others. It is central to our principles and our mission to use contributions efficiently and effectively to carry out our lifesaving work, and to announce – as quickly and as publicly as possible – when the needs that enable us to do so have been met.
To continue supporting the American Red Cross, you can:
• Support your local American Red Cross chapter and its broad range of lifesaving community services
• Support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which allows the Red Cross to provide relief during domestic disasters by providing food, shelter, clothing and mental health counseling to victims of disasters both large and small across the nation at a moments notice
• Support the International Response Fund, an unrestricted funding source, that allows the American Red Cross to provide immediate assistance to those affected by crisis around the world
To make a donation to the American Red Cross, visit http://www.redcross.org/ or contact your local Red Cross chapter.
Those who wish to provide additional support for tsunami relief should visit the USA Freedom Corps website at www.usafreedomcorps.gov, which has a list of agencies engaged in the tsunami relief effort.

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