Operation Compassion Continues Massive Relief Effort

By , March 9, 2005

It has been more than two months since the earthquake spawned the tsunami that hit the shores of southern Asia with catastrophic consequences. During this time Operation Compassion has put into motion the largest disaster relief effort in our history. Partners all across the United States and around the world have joined forces with Operation Compassion to help the survivors regain some form of normalcy in their lives.
Indonesia has been a nation of particular focus as tens of thousands lost their lives and hundreds of thousands lost everything they had previously owned. There are many thousands of people still looking for adequate shelter and many are without food and clean drinking water.

Through Operation Compassion, Food for the Poor and the Foundation of Love and Care for Indonesia, three airplanes loaded with disaster relief medicines, antibiotics and medical supplies have landed and are being distributed. These medicines were desperately needed to stem the tide of bacteria infections and disease associated with flooding and prolonged standing water. These three shipments of medicines including air freight charges represent a combined value of forty-six millions dollars. Undoubtedly, scores of lives have been saved and many others kept healthy through this magnanimous donation.
In addition to the medicines, Operation Compassion and its partnership with Feed the Children and Food for the Poor has sent one hundred thirty containers. Water, water purification systems, blankets, bedding, clothing, health care, hygiene products for men and women, baby items, vinyl roofing and many other needed supplies have been sent and distributed to those in the disaster area of Banda Aceh in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Food was a major concern and is still difficult for many families to provide. Operation Compassion and its partners have sent chicken and rice meals, protein supplements, corn, green beans, macaroni and cheese mix, cereal, pasta, vegetarian beans, fruit rollups, Prego sauce and baby food to help families survive.

In India, Operation Compassion bought cook pots for one hundred families so they could provide meals for their families at home. This helped alleviate the stress for families having to wait in long lines at an aid station for food.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Field Director
Tim Burdashaw, Communications & Development

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax
www.operationcompassion.org

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