As the death total continues to rise and the numbers of those injured gets greater and greater, then needs will be more and more. Help us, Help them! International Aid is seeking help from the community to provide relief supplies to the people in Nepal following the destruction caused by an earthquake.
The death toll from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal Saturday rose to thousands of people in four countries by Sunday, a number that has already reached 5000 and is likely to continue to rise in the coming days, officials said. The earthquake struck at just before noon local time Saturday (2:15 a.m. ET), and nearly two dozen aftershocks followed, including a magnitude-6.6 aftershock an hour afterwards. Hospitals were overflowing with injured people, homes were damaged, phone lines were jammed and roads had gaping cracks running along them.
International Aid has an urgent request. “We are asking the people of this community to come alongside International Aid and help the people of Nepal who have been devastated by this massive earthquake.” Tim Lopez, Communications and Marketing Manager stated. “At this time we are asking the community to make monetary donations so that we can help out in the best way possible.
International Aid has made the decision to respond and has begun the efforts of collecting monetary donations and will be working with partners in the area to help those affected by this tragic event. “We are working with partners to access the situation so that we can send the most appropriate and needed materials.” Lopez states, “Every $1 you give to International Aid is multiplied to provide much-needed resources to the victims of the storm. Donations from our community will help save lives.”
Monetary donations can be made online by visiting www.internationalaid.org and clicking the “donate now” icon. Donations may also be dropped off at International Aid, located at 17011 Hickory St., Spring Lake, MI 49456, or by mail to the same address. For those who prefer to make a donation over the phone you can call our donation line at 1.800.251.2502.
“We can’t begin to imagine what the people in Nepal are going through right now,” says Lopez, “ “but I know that this community has the compassion and heart to help them in their time of need. We’ve seen it in other disaster situations and I have no doubt that we will see it again with this one.” Last year International Aid asked the community to help those in the Philippines who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan. And they did! We are still responding with materials and supplies to them, as another container of equipment and supplies was recently sent to the Philippines to help rebuild their lives. The needs in disaster situations are urgent and ongoing.