The Dairy Relief Asian Disaster fund collected $140,255 between January and April to help victims of last December's south Asian earthquake and tsunami. Donations came from dairy farmers, farm businesses, dairy cooperatives, 4-H clubs, college organizations, high schools and middle schools.

"The outpouring of support for this fund was amazing. We once again thank those individuals and organizations that have donated to this fund. I am continually amazed at the amount of support this industry provides in times of need," said Carl Baumann, executive director of Dairy Relief.

The large number of donations came as a result of tremendous support from cooperatives and their local communities. Dairy Relief's message was heard on radio shows, paired with farmer's milk checks and read about in cooperative publications all over the country.

The donation will be made May 1 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. One hundred percent of every donation made for this disaster goes to tsunami relief and recovery efforts. The donation will provide tsunami survivors with nutritious food, basic supplies such as tents and hygiene items, basic healthcare and other supports.

Source: Association Release