NEW YORK (May. 23)
Refugees in Russia and war victims in Allied, neutral and occupied territory will receive more than 300,000 packages of food, medicine, and clothing from the Joint Distribution Committee this year with funds provided by the United Jewish Appeal, it was announced today. The Joint Distribution Committee has allocated more than $2,000,000 for this parcel service in 1944 to help sustain refugees in various parts of Europe.
The report on aid to Jews in Europe indicated that during the period from October, 1943, to May 1, 1944, Jews in Asiatic Russia received 31, 799 packages. The current rate of shipment is 7,000 packages per month. The Russian parcel service, which includes bulk shipment of food and clothing from the United States on Russian ships, duty free, for distribution by the Russian Red Cross in areas of the Soviet Union having preponderantly Jewish populations, will cost$1,750,000 in 1944. An additional 200,000 packages will be sent to Jews now in Allied and neutral countries as well as behind the enemy lines in occupied territory.