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Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: How to Help

GSUSA Establishes Emergency Response Fund, Offers General Guidelines For Giving Aid

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 4, 2005

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Our hearts continue to go out to those affected by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. We are particularly anxious about the safety of our members, which include girls, staff and volunteers, and all of the families affected by these disasters. We are in touch with as many of the councils and council personnel as we can reach, in all the affected areas, and will continue to keep you apprised of any information we have as it comes in.

We encourage you to help Girl Scouts and Girl Scout councils in the affected areas by donating to the newly established Girl Scout Hurricane Emergency Response Fund. The purpose of the fund is to support Girl Scouts and Girl Scout councils affected by the hurricanes and those responding to girls who have relocated to their council areas. The National Board of Directors established the fund with a beginning allocation of $100,000 plus an additional $100,000 in matching dollars (1:1) for the first $100,000 contributed. The fund has raised $12,000 to date and it is GSUSA's intention to grow the fund through contributions over the coming months in order to provide as much assistance as possible.

We also offer these specific guidelines given by aid organizations in the areas affected by the hurricanes:

Again, we will inform you of any and all news we receive about individual Girl Scout councils and Girl Scout personnel and properties. Rest assured that in the days and weeks ahead we will continue to find the best ways to support and assist our sister Girl Scouts, friends, and families in this crisis. Please visit our hurricane response page for inspiring stories about what Girl Scouts are doing to help and support victims of these disasters.

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