Thursday, January 01, 2009

Pray for Gaza...give to ER&D in support!

Photo/Matthew Davies, Episcopal Life Online


from "Episcope" blog...

On January 1, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori received word about the situation in Gaza. Here are portions of the note she received.

The situation here, as you can well understand, is quite difficult and "tense" due to the very sad specter of the tragic ongoing operations - with the consequent heavy loss of life, with the many hundreds injured, maimed and wounded. Our Al Ahli Arab Hospital in the heart of Gaza City is at an overflow capacity - taking care of all those who either come individually or are being brought in for specialized treatment from the Government's Al Shifaa Hospital. Al Ahli had to release those in a "moderate care" status to meet the heavy demand in the inflow of the wounded and injured.

Thanks to U.S. Aid, the first full truckload of U.S. contributed shipments of needed medical and other humanitarian and food supplies crossed over into Gaza. More assistance will be provided by U.S. Aid when the second list of emergency needed supplies is given to them.

The loss of so many innocent lives, children, women and men has stunned all of us with its shocking realities.

In closing, we do pray that this New Year will be a far more peaceful year on this "Fragile Earth, our Island Home."

Contributions to may be made to Episcopal Relief & Development http://www.er-d.org/. Also checks made out to DFMS with "Gaza" in the notation line can be sent the Church Center, 815 Second Ave., NYC, NY 10017.

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