I’m sure that you have already heard about last Sunday?s massive earthquake and tsunami. It is expected to become the largest ever as the death toll continues to climb and now tops 115,000 victims, according to the United Nations. Millions of others are now homeless and without the basics needed for survival including food, water, and shelter, and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and other international aid groups are rushing to fill the need.

The United Nations (UN) World Health Organization warns that up to 5 million people in South Asia are without basic services. Health experts are concerned that in the aftermath, as many people may fall victim to diarrhea diseases, respiratory infections, malaria, and dengue fever, as were affected by the tsunami.

You can help those affected by this crisis and countless others around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance, and other support to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the International Response Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting Red Cross

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