Relief news from USA - 26 Sep 2011  
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Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association relief news from USA.
As the state of Texas continued to endure record drought and high temperatures, wildfires fueled by hot winds have scorched many parts of the state. The largest of the blazes, the Bastrop County Complex fire, became the most destructive in the state's history, claiming two lives, destroying over 1,550 homes, and consuming more than 34,000 acres.

Upon first hearing of the damaging fires, Supreme Master Ching Hai had on September 6 donated US$20,000 for urgent items, with all her love and sorrowful prayers, as she requested that our Association members please go to assist those most in need.

After checking with local officials, our Association members from Houston and Austin centers began relief work on September 18, traveling to one of the worst-hit areas where the residents' mobile homes had been engulfed.
The victims, who had nothing left, said they had no idea what they would do at this time.

Interviewee (M): It’s burned out. 1,500 houses are gone.

VOICE: The relief team found that although many victims were staying in hotels, they would likely have to leave within weeks due to government funds running out.

Our Association members thus prepared 200 packages including sleeping bags, towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other personal hygiene items, as well as preparing vegan meal boxes to distribute.
The relief recipients were very touched and expressed their thankfulness for Supreme Master Ching Hai’s love and generous support.

Church pastor, Relief recipient (M): I just want to say thank you to the Supreme Master Ching Hai relief team.
That they came all the way down here to Bastrop, Texas here in our time of devastation. We are just totally blessed that you guys just wanted to come out to express love.

You can see that I’m gaining weight as we speak right now through the vegan dinner that you guys have so wonderfully prepared for us.

We’re just psyched that the Supreme Master Ching Hai would care enough to even invest money in a little town that she has probably never even heard of until this time before the fire.

And so I just want you all to know that the relief team has been a big blessing and you have really touched our hearts and we just feel like we have made new friends. (hugging)

Interviewee (M): Thank you.

Supreme Master TV (M): Love you! 

VOICE: We, too, are grateful for Supreme Master Ching Hai’s detailed care and for the efforts of our Association’s relief team. Our prayers that the regularity of daily life is soon restored to the fire-affected people of Texas, and that such devastations are minimized through our more attentive care of the ecosphere.