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The promise of rescue: Your gift matched
December 3, 2012 by The IRC
|Students in an IRC "Healing Classroom" at Jalozai refugee camp in Pakistan. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC|
International Rescue Committee president George Rupp shared this email message with supporters today:
Dear IRC Supporter,
Some people call what we do "charity."
I have a different point of view.
The International Rescue Committee offers much more than helping hands during times of crisis. In the very bleakest of conditions, we work with resilient people to rebuild lives and to restore human dignity and potential.
We invest in the future of refugees to confirm our own commitment to humanity.
And right now, as wars rage and disasters strike, as millions face unimaginable suffering, more than ever those in crisis need compassionate people like you.
All online gifts will be matched up to $1.9 million through December 31 by the IRC's lead supporter, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, as well as Starr International Foundation and a group of generous major donors.
Please do not set this extraordinary opportunity aside. Your support today will ease suffering and make an immediate and lasting difference in the life of a refugee. Here is the good your gift can bring:
- Safety to thousands of families steadily pouring in to Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp to escape the deadly conflict in Syria;
- Critical support for our long-term work in Congo protecting women and girls threatened by the epidemic of sexual violence;
- Healing Classrooms at Jalozai refugee camp in Pakistan to help children recover from trauma;
- A warm, helpful welcome and a fresh start for refugees who are resettled here in the United States.
We cannot do our work without you. As you contemplate your end-of-year giving, please remember the importance and urgency of the IRC's global mission.
Remember, every dollar you donate will be matched by special friends of the IRC. Your tax-deductible donation will provide support to all of the IRC’s programs in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities.
I deeply appreciate all you do to support the world's refugees, and I thank you for your generosity.
President, International Rescue Committee
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