From the AGBU Press Office:
AGBU encourages its members, friends and the public to donate to its special Italian Earthquake Relief Fund, which will ensure that the people impacted by the April 6 earthquake in central Italy will be able to recover as quickly as possible.
With 295 confirmed dead, hundreds injured and 30,000 people homeless, this devastating natural disaster has wreaked havoc in the region and created a large humanitarian crisis. Charitable organizations the world over are rushing to provide emergency shelter, food and counseling to those affected by the earthquake, and Italian leaders have been working to soothe the fears of those bracing for the aftershocks.
“As a people who have seen firsthand the destruction an earthquake can have on the fabric of a country, our hearts go out to the Italian people. We also remember that Italy was one of the first countries to rush to the assistance of Armenia after the 1988 Gyumri earthquake and, as Armenians, we feel compelled to help our friends in their great time of need, as they did for us,” AGBU President Berge Setrakian said.
Those interested in donating to AGBU’s special Italian Earthquake fund can send their checks to AGBU Italian Earthquake Relief, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 or donate online 24 hours a day at www.agbu.org/italianearthquake.