Tsunami Relief

Dear Friends,

February 26 marked the two-month anniversary of the catastrophic tsunami that rose out of the Indian Ocean and devastated hundreds of thousands of lives in South and Southeast Asia. December 26, 2004, will always remind us of how fragile life is against nature's fury, particularly in the developing world. But the response of many millions of compassionate and generous Americans speaks for itself. We are truly one human family.

The outpouring of compassion from donors all over the United States is nothing short of overwhelming. As I write, I can report that Catholic Relief Services has received nearly $100 million in donations, and contributions are still arriving in the mail and through our website every day. We are motivated by the confidence you have placed in us and are committed to ensuring that these gifts are used wisely for relief and recovery efforts to help tsunami survivors.

CRS has been working with the people of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand for more than 50 years. Our long-standing partnerships with local Church and humanitarian organizations – combined with overwhelming donor support – have given us the resources we need to provide not only life-saving food and supplies to hundreds of thousands everyday, but to help communities rebuild their homes, their livelihoods and their plans for the future.

Please spend some time at our website, www.crs.org, for the latest updates on our work in tsunami-affected areas. Catholic Relief Services is committed to providing survivors with the tools and structures they need to rebuild their own lives and become self-sufficient again.

Your support is an inspiration to us at CRS. But more importantly, it is a source of hope for so many devastated by this disaster. Thank you again for your generosity and your continued prayers.

Ken Hackett

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