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CRWRC seek aid for Katrina relief

I found the following newsrelease on the CRCNA.org site,

CRWRC seeks $2 Million in Katrina Aid

Aug. 29, 2005 -- After clipping the tip of Florida and pummeling the Gulf Coast, hurricane Katrina was passing through central Mississippi, with potential tornadic activity as far as the Florida panhandle. Most residents across the coast evacuated or moved to higher ground, and floodwaters rose several feet in New Orleans. Relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts are expected to be in the billions of dollars.

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is launching a $2 million fundraising effort to address the destruction caused by Katrina.

The funds will provide:

  • Rapid Response Team deployment and early assessments
  • Initial flood and damage clean-up and repairs
  • Development of community-based recovery organizations
  • Community needs assessments
  • Long-term reconstruction volunteers
  • Building reconstruction materials and transportation

For more information about this effort, CRWRC-DRS Administrator Bill Adams is immediately available for interview at 616-560-2782. CRWRC Executive Director Andrew Ryskamp is also available at 616-498-0816. To contact CRWRC media relations between 9 am and 5 pm EST weekdays, call Stephanie Tombari, Media Contact, at 905-336-2920, ext. 224.

Financial support for CRWRC's response to hurricane Katrina and elsewhere can be given by calling 1-800-730-3490, or online at www.crwrc.org. Cheques should be made out to "CRWRC," earmarked "Hurricanes 2005," and sent to 3475 Mainway, P.O. Box 5070 STN LCD 1, Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8.

For more information about CRWRC’s response to Hurricane Katrina and in the 2005 Hurricane season, please visit www.crwrc.org or call 1-800-730-3490. CRWRC is a Christian non-profit organization ministering in development, relief, and justice education with people in need around the world since 1962. CRWRC is present in 36 countries and has an international reputation for “living justice, and loving mercy.”

This is a group that I really respect. It is branch our denomination and they do go relief work worldwide.

 

UPDATE: They have updated their goal.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH - With the human toll increasing and local circumstances deteriorating along the devastated Gulf Coast, the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is sending a Rapid Response of seven volunteers into the area to set up volunteer sites and initiate clean-up efforts as flood water begins to recede.

Due to the generous response to the hurricane survivors, CRWRC is increasing its fundraising goal to $5-million from $2-million. These funds will provide:

  • Rapid Response Team deployment and early assessments
  • Initial flood and damage clean-up and repairs
  • Development of community-based recovery organizations
  • Community needs assessments
  • Long-term reconstruction volunteers
  • Building reconstruction materials and transportation

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