The American Red Cross president has already sent $50,000 to the Soviet Union for disaster relief in the wake of the devastating Armenian earthquake. And an assessment team from the International League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has been sent to Armenia, said a Utah spokeswoman.
Linda Moore, public relations director for the Utah Chapter of the American Red Cross, said the American Red Cross is appealing for donations of money and medical supplies, including blood products, sutures, bandages and antibiotics.Those wishing to give money can call a toll-free number, 1-800-453-9000, and use their credit cards; mail a check to the Utah chapter, P. O. Box 8687, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108, desig-nating it for Soviet Armenian disaster relief; or mail it directly to Red Cross International Disaster Services Soviet Armenian Relief, American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.
Those who have medical supplies should call the local office and Moore can put them in contact with the national headquarters to arrange shipping.
The local chapter cannot accept donations of goods such as food and clothing, because the shipping cost would exceed their value, she said. And the Red Cross tries to pump money into the economy of a devastated area to help it work back to self-sufficiency.
A Welfare Services spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said that office is trying to ascertain the extent of the quake damage and whether the church's assistance is needed.
Welfare Services normally checks with agencies such as the Red Cross before recommending any action to church leaders. The spokesman said Welfare Services is unaware of any church members in Armenia.
Moore said about 100 Utahns called the local Red Cross office Thursday to offer help. "Some of them were neat. Some of them want a free trip to Russia with no disaster training."
She said the national office maintains a list of trained personnel that the international league can call on if it runs short. One Utah doctor called to offer his help, and his biography is being sent to national headquarters for the list.