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Saturday, September 10, 2005

IOCC Delivers Essential Aid to Hurricane Survivors

News from IOCC - International Orthodox Christian Charitieshttp://www.iocc.org

110 West Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, Md. 21204 Tel: (410) 243-9820 Fax: (410) 243-9824

Web: www.iocc.org E-mail: news@iocc.org

For immediate release

September 7, 2005


Baton Rouge, La. (IOCC) "Gifts of the Heart" kits filled with essential hygiene articles that were assembled by Orthodox Christians across the country are providing a measure of comfort for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina today.

More than 5,000 of the personal health kits are being delivered today through an ongoing program made possible in cooperation with Church World Service (CWS). An additional 13,000 kits are expected to arrive and be distributed by the end of the week to the IOCC response center in Baton Rouge.

Orthodox Christian parishes across the country have been mobilizing in response to IOCC s call for the health kits.

"Our community assembled 84 health kits that were shipped to you today," reported Fr. John Reeves of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in State College, PA. The parish anticipates sending more than 100 additional kits before the end of the week.

The shipment by Holy Trinity Orthodox Church is emblematic of similar efforts being reported by parishes across the country as part of the pan-Orthodox response that has been mounted through IOCC to Hurricane Katrina victims along the Gulf Coast.

An IOCC disaster response team in Baton Rouge shared the gratitude of those who received the supplies and urged all Orthodox parishes to continue to assemble the kits in an effort to meet the tremendous demand for these and other basic necessities.

The personal hygiene kits contain basic items, including soap, a washcloth, a hand towel, toothpaste and a toothbrush, a nail file or nail clipper and Band-Aids.

The kits should be sent to IOCC at the CWS warehouse in New Windsor, Md. The address and instructions on how to assemble the kits may be found on IOCC s website at www.iocc.org/healthkits. Health kits will continue to be distributed to Hurricane victims by IOCC as long as necessary.

Contributions to IOCC s Hurricane Disaster Response Fund may be sent to IOCC, "Hurricane Relief," P.O. Box 630225, Baltimore, MD 21263-0225. Donations may also be made online at www.iocc.org or by calling toll-free 1-877-803-IOCC (4622).

Founded in 1992, IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA).


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