Longwood, FL (PRWEB) November 8, 2005
The end of hurricane season spells relief for many Americans, but relief work doesn’t end on Nov. 30, the season’s official last day.
Americans can celebrate the end of this year’s devastating season by making a donation to the relief organization of their choice, says William J. Chatlos, president of The Chatlos Foundation.
To kick off this celebration, The Chatlos Foundation has contributed to several charities working with Hurricane Katrina victims, including Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA). Since the early 1970’s, MMA’s volunteer pilots have flown over 25,000 missions, transporting financially vulnerable people at no cost to get the medical treatment they need. Pilots donate their time and often their aircraft and the fuel. Chatlos observes that “people don’t volunteer unless they feel the organization they are supporting is accomplishing something important.”
Hurricane Katrina dramatically stepped up the pace for MMA. Edward R. Boyer, CEO and president of MMA, knows that “the stories and numbers will continue to grow. We expect to fly 6,000 missions in Katrina relief over and above our normal patient transport activities.”
Boyer is also chairman of the board of Angel Flight America, a network of unpaid “Earth Angels” who arrange the free flights and coordinate with pilots. “Using our volunteer pilots around the country (we have 6,200 of them – in all 50 states),” Boyer explains, “our Angel Flight operations have reunited hundreds of families – a huge number where parents were separated from their children.”
Since the hurricanes, Mercy Medical Airlift is managing the use of donated corporate jets with flight crews to transport relief workers, government employees, and disaster specialists, and to reunite evacuee families. Donated funds are urgently needed to cover expenses of coordinating these flights and responding to public needs. There is no charge to the public for MMA-provided transportation.
Chatlos admires the people of MMA. “What a blessing it is to know we Americans are still a people that know how to take care of one another.”
On December 1, celebrate twice. Give thanks first that the hurricane season has officially ended. Then give thanks – and a check – to an organization that continues to help so many others still in need.
To learn more about Mercy Medical Airlift and make a donation, visit http://www.mercymedical.org/.
About The Chatlos Foundation:
The Chatlos Foundation funds nonprofit organizations based in the USA. Support is provided to organizations currently exempt by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States. The Foundation's areas of interest are: Bible Colleges/Seminaries, Religious Causes, Medical Concerns, Liberal Arts, and Social Concerns.
The Chatlos Foundation
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