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Manchester College provides site

for Asia disaster relief donations


Manchester College is joining the Church of the Brethren  and Church World Service in collecting monetary donations to support disaster relief efforts in Asia following the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami.

Manchester College will collect cash or check donations in its campus business office through Feb. 1 and forward them to the Church of the Brethren.

“As a college community, we are deeply saddened at the enormous loss of life, homes and ways of livelihood experienced by the people of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India and other countries hit by the tsunami on Christmas.  Many individuals have asked ‘how can we help?’   Together with others, we can,” said Manchester President Jo Young Switzer

Church World Service is focusing initial support in at least three of the hardest-hit areas in Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka, sending initial emergency material assistance shipments valued at more than $900,000.  The shipments include medicines and antibiotics, family shelter kits and blankets. It deployed an emergency assistance team Dec. 27 from its Indonesia office to aid in recovery efforts in Aceh, Indonesia, the hardest-hit area on Sumatra's northernmost tip. CWS also deployed an emergency response team to Sri Lanka.

For current information about the Church World Service relief effort, visit

To donate, visit the MC business office or send checks to Manchester College, % D.Hapner, Business Office, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN  46962. Make checks payable to CoB Emergency Disaster Fund. Please mark envelopes: CoB Emergency Disaster Fund.

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