Wednesday, April 17, 2024


Save the Children: Response is “Breathtaking”

Funds pouring into Westport’s Save the Children for its Asian earthquake relief fund total about $6 million so far and, with donations from other countries, might eventually top $50 million, a spokeswoman said today.

“The response has been breathtaking,” said spokeswoman Dianne Sherman. She also praised the response to an appeal issued Thursday for volunteers to help man the phones. (See WestportNow Dec. 29, 2004)

“We are very appreciative, especially to people locally,” she said, adding that those interested in helping should call (203) 221-4000.

She said donations are coming in from the charity’s Web site, over the phone, and through corporate and private donors and amount to about $6 million so far. “The total might even reach $50 million, counting funds coming through other countries,” she said.

Sherman said Save the Children’s around-the-clock operation at its Wilton Road headquarters is in regular touch with staff members in the affected areas and “the situation is unimaginable.”

One Save the Children doctor in the area had lost 21 members of his extended family in the disaster, she said.

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