A $55,000 contribution from the Easter offering of The Riverside Church (UCC/ABC) in New York City has been given to Church World Service (CWS) to address the critical health needs of Iraqi children.
"We have reached into our pockets, and through a miracle of multiplication, we now have more than $55,000," said Chenault Spence, the church's stewardship committee chair. ÒWe have not stopped there. We have reached into our hearts and brought out love and hope multiplied beyond measure.Ó
Spence and the Rev. James A. Forbes, Jr. senior minister, presented the contribution to CWS during morning worship on May 11.
In accepting the contribution, the Rev. John L. McCullough, CWS Executive Director, said that, since economic sanctions were imposed on Iraq in 1991, "at least 500,000 Iraqi children have died because of a lack of necessary medicine and medical supplies, food and water."
The recent war wreaked further havoc on the country's weakened health care system, said McCullough.
The money will be allocated through the All Our Children campaign, a multi-agency effort designed to help Iraqi children that CWS helped to found in December 2002.
As of May 19, the campaign had provided $264,000 in cash and $183,414 in kind for medical and emergency supplies.
The UCC is one of the 36 member Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican denominations that comprise Church World Service.
Contributions to the All Our Children campaign can be sent to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515; or made online at churchworldservice.org or by calling 800-297-1516