Friday, August 11, 2006


“Compassion is the basis of morality”
— Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher

Since July 12th, 2006 there has been an unprecedented escalation of violence in the Middle East with terrible consequences on the people of Lebanon, who are caught in the crossfire and are paying the price for a conflict not of their own choosing.

As a result of this violence, Lebanon’s civilian infrastructure is in tatters, more than 1000 civilians have been confirmed dead (30% of them children), thousands are seriously wounded, and an estimated 1,000,000 people have been displaced. Children have lost their parents, and thousands of families will be facing economic hardships as factories and businesses are being destroyed. The country is facing a shortage of food, water and medicine. A serious humanitarian crisis is present and will exist for some time, even if the hostilities were to cease today.

Don't feel helpless. There is something you can do to help ease the human tragedy and let the innocent children of Lebanon know that they have not been forgotten amid the callousness of war.

The Lebanese Red Cross has requested assistance from its international and American affiliates. Your local red cross has been authorized to accept donations that will go directly to assist in the massive relief effort. Your donation will help provide urgently needed supplies and care.

Your donations are tax deductible and will make a real difference in people's lives. PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TODAY.

Donations should be marked, “Lebanese Red Cross” and mailed to:

Grant Wood Area Red Cross
P.O. Box 10375
Cedar Rapids, IA 52410-0375

These donations will be forwarded directly to the Lebanese Red Cross through the International Red Cross.

We are counting on your generosity to help the Lebanese people survive in this critical time.

Thank you.

"You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet

As a way to encourage donations, we offer sending you a white 100% cotton T-shirt with "I Heart Beirut" logo for every $20 donated. To arrange for shipping, please provide us (via email: with your full name, shipping address, amount
of money donated, and your choice of T-shirt size. Once your donation is verified by the above mentioned Red Cross location, your T-shirt will be shipped via regular mail within 2-3 days.


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