Quakers coordinate response to Iraq

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2003

JUNEAU - The Juneau Friends Meeting, a local Quaker group, is asking individuals, groups and organizations to respond to the need for emergency assistance for the victims of war in Iraq. They are looking for financial contributions as well as help collecting family-size health-hygiene kits for distribution to refugees and people displaced within Iraq.

The American Friends Service Committee, an affiliated international aid group, has stockpiled 4,000 hygiene kits of basic items near the Iraqi border. While individuals and community groups assemble more kits, cash donations will be used to buy supplies in the region to meet the immediate need, and to purchase more water purification equipment.

For details about what needs to go in the health-hygiene kits, how to assemble and ship them to the AFSC collection center in San Francisco, or how to contribute cash, call Amy Paige at 586-4409. Kits need to reach San Francisco by April 30 to be included in the next shipment to Iraq.

The American Friends Service Committee works cooperatively with the Mennonite Central Committee and other international relief organizations. For full details about AFSC, visit www.afsc.org.

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