Thursday, December 30

More on local Tsunami relief endeavors 

More and more local groups are advancing their Tsunami relief endeavors.

* Sujatha Peradeniye, a monk at Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple in Crystal Lake, has initiated a fund to help people in Sri Lanka. Contact: 815-444-8915 or 815-451-2864.

* Indonesian Disaster Relief Fund is accepting contributions through Charter One Bank 400 S. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL 60605

* Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago has established the Jewish Federation South Asia Tsunami Relief Fund. Checks should be made payable to Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, 1 S. Franklin St., Room 703, Chicago, IL, 60606. Online donations can be made at www.juf.org.

* The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is collecting International Disaster Response funds that will be directed through Action by Churches Together to victims across South Asia. Donations can be made through an ELCA congregation or directly to: ELCA International Disaster Response P.O. Box 71764 Chicago IL 60694-1764, with "South Asia Tsunami" on the check's memo line. Credit-card donations can be made through the ELCA Disaster Web site, www.elca.org/disaster, or by phone at 800-638-3522.

* The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago is accepting cash donations at CIOGC - 330 E. Roosevelt Road, Suite G5; Lombard, Illinois 60148. Checks should be made payable to “CIOGC” with ‘Tsunami Relief’ in the memo portion. Secure online donations may be made at www.ciogc.org

Some other agencies involved in relief efforts:

* The Consul General for Indonesia - 540 N. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL
* Royal Thai Consulate - 700 N. Rush St. Chicago, IL
* The Consulate General of India - 455 N. Cityfront Plaza, Suite 850 Chicago, IL. Call 312-595-0412 for details.
* Tsunami Relief Fund c/o International Bank of Chicago, 208 W. Cermak Road, Chicago, IL 60616
* Catholic Relief Services - Archdiocese of Chicago, Attn: Tsunami Relief 155 E. Superior St. Chicago, IL 60611
* BAPS CARE International 4N739, Illinois Route 59, Bartlett, IL 60103. Call 888-CARE-881, or visit online at: www.BAPSCARE.org

In other news, Patus Ltd. of Tel Aviv and Chicago has donated thousands of its Odorscreen products to enable Tsunami disaster workers as they battle the pervasive stench of death and decay. Odorscreen, an Olfactory Perception Altering Gel Compound is for application under the nose, and ostensibly works by modifying pungent smells to users for as long as two hours, helping them breathe fresh as they toil amidst reek and heat in Tsunami-affected regions.

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