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Please help China and make a tent and sleeping bag donation

Original post made by Gina, Crescent Park, on May 23, 2008

We are trying to collect as many tents and sleeping bags as possible for the people who became homeless due to the recent earthquake in China. There are now more than 5 million people lost their homes. All the shelters are packed. All tents in China have been shipped to Sichuan, manufacturers are working 24/7 to produce more. But they still need 3 million tents right now. The weather in Sichuan is terrible. It is still cold and rains heavily. It is a great opportunities for us to help those who had lost everything, including their loved ones, in the earthquake. Our donation will provide them a place to stay and recoup after the tragedy. FedEx has kindly agreed to provide free shipping. Please donate your tents and sleeping bags. Please also let your friends know about this drive so that more people could extent their help.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 23, 2008 at 2:08 pm

This sort of plea, while good intended, makes me cringe. It would be much better to collect money. This money could then be spent buying the exact type of tents and sleeping bags that would be of most use and bought at a central buying location with minimal costs in shipping.

All this will do is get some useful items, but more playtents and kids outgrown disney sleeping bags that are not useful in cold weather for adults, etc.

Contacting the usual relief agencies would be a better idea and giving money.

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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on May 23, 2008 at 4:17 pm

China needs money?

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I thought most of the sleeping bags were MADE IN CHINA?

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And not to nitpick, but notice who is sitting at the bottom at almost 1 quadrillion in debt. Yes, quadrillion with a Q.



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Posted by a
a resident of Southgate
on May 23, 2008 at 8:53 pm

China Calls for 3.3 Million Tents as Quake Survivors Face Rain

By Demian McLean

May 24 (Bloomberg) -- China, increasingly desperate to protect millions of earthquake survivors from rain and disease, has ordered domestic manufacturers to boost tent production.

Only an eighth of the 3.3 million canvas shelters needed are now in the Sichuan province disaster area. Government officials also are pleading with world government and nonprofit organizations to donate military-style tents.

``More tents will be the greatest contribution to rescue and relief work,'' Chinese Embassy spokesman Wang Baodong told reporters in Washington yesterday, echoing a plea made by other government officials the day before in New York.

Most of the tents needed, which are larger than ones used for camping, are already promised to government agencies and the military, the biggest consumers. Some 5.5 million people have been displaced in Sichuan province by the May 12 quake.

``If China wants them immediately, they'll have to look at what's on hand in government depots,'' said Al Bergman, an operations director at Racine, Wisconsin-based Johnson Outdoors Inc., a main tent supplier to the U.S. government.

The company, which also makes Eureka! brand tents, says it's received no calls from China about purchases. It would take at least three months to turn out a large batch, Bergman said.

Rain is forecast across southwest provinces next week and will raise water levels in the rivers and lakes, the Chinese National Meteorological Center said, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

U.S. Responds `Positively'

The U.S. government responded ``positively'' to China's request for tents, Wang said. Other groups agreeing to donate tents or cash to buy them in the past two days include the United Nations, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Britain and Pakistan.

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