J.D.C. Allocates $1,000,000 for Sending Food Packages to Refugee Jews in Russia

Thousands of packages of food and clothing are crossing the Soviet-Iranian border into Asiatic Russia each month in a unique relief project devised to relieve the widespread suffering caused by the second World War, the Joint Distribution Committee announced today. The packages bear the names and addresses of individuals who were given refuge and sanctuary in Russia when they fled from Poland, Latvia and Lithuania before the advance of the German armies and they represent the results of months of tireless investigation and planning on the part of the J.D.C.

Details of this package relief plan were given by Joseph C. Hyman, executive vice-chairman of the Joint Distribution Committee, who announced that $775,000 has already been allocated for this project for 1943, with the possibility that actual costs, including packing and shipping, may run to $1,000,000. Tea, soap, woolen and cotton underclothing, and medical supplies, purchased in India; shoes from South Africa; sugar, flour, vegetable fats, peas, dried fruits, from Iran; clothing and medical supplies from Palestine, go into these packages. The package shipments are expected to reach a rate of 5,000 each month by the end of this year, Mr. Hyman said.

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