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Saturday, March 25, 2006


How You Can Support Gaza's Children

The letter below is from Barbara Lubin of Middle East Children's Alliance and courtesy of Abu Shaar:

Don't wring those hands:

Click here: https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=1171

Dear Friends,

Many thanks to all of you who have responded so quickly and generously to our appeal. As of today, the Middle East Children's Alliance has now raised $20,000 which will provide food parcels to 400 Palestinian families in Gaza.

Over the last few days humanitarian aid and truckloads of food supplies have been entering Gaza through the Egyptian crossing, but the Karni crossing has mostly remained closed. As a result, prices have gone up and many families cannot afford the food that is available.

I am very please to tell you that Firedoll Foundation has generously offered to match every additional contribution up to $3,000.

If you’ve already made a gift, I am deeply grateful. If you haven’t given yet, or if you are able to give again, please do so now, so that we can take advantage of this opportunity to double your gift now and raise an additional $6,000 to feed children in Gaza.

Every additional $50 feeds another family.

We are sending 100% of the money you give to Gaza for food, and to pay small stipends to the Palestinian youth who will help in the distribution.

I have already wired $10,000 to Dr. Mona Elfarra and tomorrow, with the help of staff and volunteers from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and local youth, she will begin distributing the food parcels. They are prioritizing families with children under five and single-parent families.

Until Israel agrees to fully open the Karni crossing and allow trucks in and out, this man-made crisis will continue to escalate.

Please do three crucial things today:

1. Ask your congressional representatives to continue pressuring the Israeli government to open the Karni crossing. Call the switchboard toll-free at 1-888-355-3588 or visit www.congress.org

2. Make the most generous contribution you can possibly afford. Remember, every dollar you give will be doubled.

3. Forward this email to anyone you know who may be able to help in this emergency.

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