WATERTOWN, MA – The Armenian Relief Society (ARS) of the Eastern US recently announced that it is donating $25,000 to the ARS Central Executive Board in response to the Lebanon Emergency Appeal.
Earlier in the year, as the ongoing political, economic, and regional crises, continued to affect the Armenian community of Lebanon, the ARS issued a statement calling on the diaspora to help their compatriots who were incapable of securing their livelihood. The Armenian Relief Cross of Lebanon (ARS Lebanon) had initiated 3 programs; the Hot Meal Program, Hope Packages and Care Support; that would help provide meals, groceries, medication, and other basic necessities to the community members.
In the months following that call to action, as the COVID-19 pandemic compounded the country’s financial crisis, the families struggling to cope with the long term impact of the outbreak and political situation exponentially grew. Although, several ARS chapters in the Eastern US had to cancel their fundraising events with the stay-at-home orders in place, they were still able to collect donations from their supporters and members to help their compatriots in Lebanon.