AmeriCares to Meet Needs of Fire Victims in San Diego

AmeriCares Foundation
Tuesday, 4 November 2003

With the help of corporate America, AmeriCares relief materials continue to arrive in San Diego in response to the 17 fires that have devastated the region, destroying 3,452 homes, 800,000 acres and forcing the evacuation of 100,000.

The initial shipments consist of bottled water and beverages, snacks, clothing as well as personal hygiene items. Donating companies include Connecticut-based Nestlé Waters, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, Slumberjack and Kraft Foods.

An AmeriCares disaster response team directed the distribution of the supplies. AmeriCares is working with The Family Resource Center and The Salvation Army to distribute the supplies to evacuees and affected families.

Dana Waesche, project manager of AmeriCares, said "The urgency of the situation has passed and now products will continue to be distributed at community resource centers, staging areas for firefighters, and the few remaining evacuee sites. The Family Resource Center distributed all of our bottled water and beverages within two days…"

AmeriCares is the nonprofit international disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs—and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs—for people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion. Since its inception in 1982, AmeriCares has delivered more than $3.2 billion in aid to 137 nations worldwide.

For more information, or to contact AmeriCares Foundation, see their website at: www.americares.org

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