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Press Release: 15th Jul 2008, Tuesday 31st Harh (Samvat 540 Nanakshahi )
UNITED SIKHS Iowa Flood Relief Efforts Underway
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, USA - UNITED SIKHS is collecting donations of non-perishable food items and emergency supplies to relieve flood-affected families in Iowa, as Cedar Rapids and Iowa City recover from disastrous floods last month. Severe flooding put Cedar Rapids and Iowa City under 12 feet of water and forced thousands to flee their homes in mid-June. Many of the families who were affected by this flooding lost all their possessions to the floods, and are lacking essential necessities. It may take years for the cities to fully recover.
Clean-up and restoration efforts are currently in progress in the flood-affected areas. Volunteers are requested to assist with the clean-up efforts.
UNITED SIKHS command center in Richmond Hill, New
York has gathered items such as clothing, canned food, tooth brushes,
first aid kits, and shoes for donation to the victims of Cedar Rapids
and Iowa City. These donations will be shipped to the Iowa
Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) where UNITED SIKHS Volunteers will
transport the donations to local churches.
Volunteers Packing Relief Material for Shipment
Victims have been left homeless and without essential necessities. If you wish to donate items to these victims, please send all donations to the UNITED SIKHS COMMAND CENTER in Iowa at: Iowa Sikh Association C/O Dilbagh Singh 1115 Walnut Street, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265.
UNITED SIKHS will join other agencies that are already providing relief and support to flood-victims in Iowa. “Iowa Sikh Association supports the humanitarian relief efforts of UNITED SIKHS in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Local Sikhs will contribute to much needed relief in the area,” said an Iowa Sikh Association committee member.
If you wish to make a monetary donation to assist with UNITED SIKHS Sikh Aid Iowa Disaster Relief 2008, please send all checks, payable to UNITED SIKHS, to: JAF, POB 7203, New York, NY 10116, or donate online at: www.unitedsikhs.org/donate.php.
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