Several private relief organizations in the United States have issued special appeals for funds and basic necessities for the injured and homeless victims of Italy's earthquake.
The Italian Earthquake Fund, sponsored by the National Italian-American Foundation, the Order Sons of Italy, The Italian-Americans of the Southeast and other organizations will attempt to provide short-term emergency relief and longer range reconstruction assistance , according to Fred Rotondaro, executive director of the Italian-American Foundation.
Lynn Marshall, an officer of Catholic Relief Services, another group coordinating assistance independently of the Earthquake Fund, said money collected by his organization will go to purchase emergency supplies such as tents, blankets and cooking utensils through CARITAS, its counterpart group in Italy. Catholic Relief Services has already committed an initial $50,000 to the effort, Marshall said, and will conduct a clothing drive to replenish the supply already distributed from its stock in Italy.
Most organizations appealed for cash rather than material goods because of logistical problems in shipping the goods.
The following organizations are accepting aid:
The Italian Earthquake Fund, Box 37800, Washington, D.C. 20013; Catholic Relief Services, 1011 First Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10022. (Checks should be marked ("Southern Italy Earthquake Fund."); Save The Children Foundation, Dept. P, Westport, Conn. (Earmark checks "Italian Emergency."); American Red Cross, D.C. Chapter, 1015 E St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. (Earmark checks "Italian Earthquake Relief."); Church World Services, 475 Riverside Dr., New York, N.Y. 10015. (Earmark checks "Southern Italy Earthquake Appeal.")
For more information concerning relief efforts, contact the National Italian-American Foundation at (202) 293-1713.