International Aid is seeking help from the community to provide relief supplies to the people in the islands of Vanuatu following the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam.
Cyclone Pam was possibly the worst cyclone in the Pacific’s history, which slammed directly into the tiny South Pacific archipelago Vanuatu early Saturday, killing at least eight people and leaving thousands homeless, according to reports. At one point, wind speeds reportedly reached 168 mph, making Cyclone Pam a Category 5 storm. The size of the devastation is only beginning to be made known because almost all power and communications have been lost to much of Vanuatu, a string of 65 islands located about a quarter of the way from Australia to Hawaii.
In the aftermath of this massive storm, International Aid has an urgent request. “At this time we are asking the community to help those who have been affected by this devastating cyclone, by making a monetary donation so that we can help out in the best way possible” Brian Anderson, President and CEO stated. “We have been blessed in so many ways, both personally and as an organization, that it’s in times like this that we are able to bless others.”
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 cannot do what we do without the help of the community” Anderson states, “Every $1 you give to International Aid is multiplied to provide much-needed resources to the victims of the storm. Donations from this 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 know that this community has the ability to step up and do amazing things for others, we’ve seen it demonstrated in the past,” says Anderson. 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 is scheduled to leave this week with items to help rebuild their lives. The needs in disaster situations are urgent and ongoing.