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RELIGION : Churches Mobilize Aid to Armenia

December 24, 1988|Associated Press

NEW YORK — American churches have mobilized relief efforts to help the stricken people of Armenia, devastated by an earthquake.

Catholic Relief Services authorized an immediate grant of $100,000, while Church World Service, relief arm of the Protestant-Eastern Orthodox National Council of Churches, coordinated shipment of $1-million worth of medical supplies, blankets and winter clothing.

CWS dispatched a four-member team to the stricken region. Member denominations chipped into the operation, including an initial grant of $20,000 by United Methodists and $25,000 by the Christian Reformed Church.

Mormon officials also presented a check for $100,000 at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, saying that it was only an initial contribution.

Lutheran World Relief sent $25,000, Greek Orthodoxy $10,000 and the Catholic Medical Mission Board $27,116 worth of medicines.

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