UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
IOCC Stands Ready to Offer Aid Following Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan!
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has assembled its emergency response personnel to assess the humanitarian needs and possible response to a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan on March 11. Initial reports indicate that hundreds of people perished in a powerful tsunami and that the quake caused damage with blackouts and fire. The large earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for countries all around the Pacific Ocean.
IOCC, in consultation with local Orthodox and ecumenical partners in Japan and other countries affected in the Pacific, is assessing the current situation and the need for a potential response.
"We mourn the loss of life and pray for those who were taken so suddenly by this disaster," said Constantine M. Triantafilou, IOCC executive director. “We are all keenly aware of the devastation that can be caused by powerful tsunamis and are deeply concerned for those who have been affected by this tragedy. Our staff is ready to respond with our partners to offer assistance where it is needed."
IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America and a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.
The Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA is collecting contributions on behalf of the International Orthodox Charities (IOCC). Here's how you can help:
To donate by check:
Make payable to the UOC of the USA and include 'Pacific Disaster' on the lower-left memo line.
UOC of the USA
PO Box 495
South Bound Brook, NJ 08880