Philippines Relief – Americares & Red Cross

From On April 4, 1975, a U.S. jet carrying 243 Vietnamese orphans crashed into the jungle outside Tan Son Nhut.

A third of the children burned to death, many of the remaining victims were critically injured. Soon after, the Pentagon announced that it would not have the resources to rescue the children for 10 days.

The world received the news of the crash with dismay, shock and a widespread sense of helplessness. One individual decided to take action. Robert C. Macauley, a paper broker from New Canaan, Conn., immediately chartered a Boeing 747 to rescue the young survivors. Within 48 hours, the children were safe in California.

That’s how AmeriCares got started, and they’ve aggressively helped at disasters and critical needs worldwide since, due to Bob’s vision, drive and contacts. 97% of your donation goes directly to those in need. 97%.

Oh, Bob mortgaged his home for $200,000+ to rent the 747 needed to pick up these kids. How audacious of him and his wife… and now you know the rest of the story.

From Clara Barton and a circle of her acquaintances founded the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. on May 21, 1881. Barton first heard of the Swiss-inspired global Red Cross network while visiting Europe following the Civil War. Returning home, she campaigned for an American Red Cross and for ratification of the Geneva Convention protecting the war-injured, which the United States ratified in 1882.

By the way, although mandated to operate by Congress, the Red Cross was not given any funds. They depend entirely on donations.

Do something audacious yourself…help Americares or the Red Cross help the Philippines. The need is great.

From now through Thanksgiving, SML Treasures & More, at the Cooper City Antique Mall will donate 20% of your purchase price to help typhoon relief in the Philippines. Buy anything at the SML booth at regular tag price. Thank you.

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