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Thursday, March 4, 2010

ELCA Chile Earthquake Relief

You have seen images of the widespread damage after one of the most powerful earthquakes in history struck Chile on Saturday morning. Today, the death toll in Chile is more than 800 and it is estimated that 2 million people have been displaced.

Blocked roads, collapsed bridges, and fallen electricity wires and phone lines have made it difficult for humanitarian aid to reach those with the greatest need.

This church is uniquely positioned to respond. Unlike other aid organizations, ELCA Disaster Response works through long-standing partnerships on the ground that are prepared and able to reach the most affected communities. One such partner, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile, reports that church buildings are already being used to shelter the homeless.

Our partners are in need of water, water filters, food, shelter and personal hygiene items to distribute to affected communities. 

Your donations are needed to bring these life-saving supplies to those in need. Will you help today?

Thanks to your regular Sunday morning offerings and gifts to ELCA Vision for Mission,
100 percent of your gifts designated for Chile Earthquake Relief will be used for this response effort.

Give today online (www.elca.org/chiledonate) or call 800-638-3522.

Thank you for your prayers, your gifts and your partnership.

Sincerely,

The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal

If you prefer to give by mail, please send checks to:

ELCA International Disaster Response
P.O. Box 71764
Chicago, IL 60694-1764

Note "Chile Earthquake Relief" on your check's memo line. To give over the phone, call 800-638-3522.