Yesterday we put out an urgent call for aid to refugees from Fallujah, with an initial goal of raising $20,000. The response was amazing. From a $10 donation from a high school student to a $1,000 gift from a medical doctor, the compassion of the American people began to shine through the fog of war. In less than 24 hours, we surpassed our goalâ€”and thatâ€™s just the online donations!
In addition, a humanitarian aid group donated 300 pounds of priority medical supplies, Cliff Bar is donating high-protein bars for the children, an Iraqi-American returning home offered to be our on-the-ground liaison and people are pledging to do holiday house parties to raise more funds.
When we contacted journalist Dahr Jamail to tell him to good news, he was elated. â€śHoly cow, $20,000 already? I'm catching my breath. This is so beautiful.â€ť Dahr had just returned from a visit to the Red Crescent, who said they could only care forâ€”at mostâ€”60,000 refugees. â€śThis leaves at least 140,000 refugees, mostly women and children, with no support,â€ť said Dahr. â€śThese supplies will be their lifeline.â€ť
Also elated was Fernando Suarez del Solar, whose son Jesus was a Marine killed in Iraq. Fernando is joining usâ€”along with other parents who lost children in Iraq and on 9/11â€”on a humanitarian aid delegation to the Iraqi/Jordanian border on December 27.
â€śI am so happy,â€ťsaid a tearful Fernando. â€śNow we can finally help the Iraqi children! Letâ€™s get bolder. Letâ€™s raise $100,000 by the time our delegation leaves on December 27.â€ť
So we now have a new challenge. $100,000 for the children of Fallujah. Letâ€™s make it our collective holiday resolution.
If you havenâ€™t already donated (or can donate more), please do so now. Donate securely online and challenge your friends, family and co-workers to meet or beat your donation. Visit: http://www.codepinkalert.org/donate. Send checks made out to Help Iraqis/Global Exchange to 2017 Mission St. #303 San Francisco, CA 94110.
On Thanksgiving Day, while you are enjoying the warmth of your loved ones, make a joint family pledge. One family told us they are donating $365, one dollar for every day of 2005.