Date: February 15, 1976
Location: St. Louis, MO
Newspaper: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Money, machinery and manpower have been sent from the St. Louis area to aid earthquake victims in Guatemala.
A substantial sum of money has been donated through the Salvation Army. Brig. William H. Roberts, divisional commander for the Missouri and southern Illinois area, says the Salvation Army has received more than $13,000 in donations to aid persons in Guatemala.
The Salvation Army is still accepting donations to its earthquake fund. Cash contributions are preferred over donations of clothing and household goods. Contributions should be marked for earthquake relief and sent to the Salvation Army, Post Office Box 14362, St. Louis 63178.
Persons interested in getting in touch with relatives in the quake area through a ham radio operator can call Maj. Leon E. Turner at 533-6861 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A cessna-185 airplane has been provided by Wings of Hope, Inc. 2319 Hampton Avenue. The organization which was founded in 1962, provides air transportation and communications to the needy in isolated areas of the world.
A spokesman for the organization said a veteran bush pilot had been in Guatemala since the quake, flying food and supplies to remote settlements.
Manpower comes from the Lutheran church-Missouri Synod and the Army Aviation Systems Command.
Several years ago, Dr. Carroll Behrhorst, a former Missouri Synod medical missionary, set up a clinic in Chimaltenango. Twenty minutes after the earthquake struck, Behrhorst and a Missouri Synod missionary, Dr. Leland Huhn, began treating the injured there.
Persons wishing to contribute to the relief effort are asked to send money to the Board of Social Ministry and World Relief of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 500 North Broadway, St. Louis 63102. Lutherans from various agencies have already pledged $95,000 in relief aid to Guatemala.
The Army aviation unit has sent Carl Richter, a member of the command’s directorate of material management, to Guatemala. Richtor, of St. Ann, is in charge of keeping Army helicopters in working order.
The helicopters are being used to ferry supplies and to take injured persons to field hospitals.