On Wed., April 18, members of the five Detroit ARS sister chapters proudly loaded a United Armenia Fund container with a long-awaited shipment bound for the Kashatagh region of the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic (NKR). The 170-box shipment, valued at $75,000 and containing winter apparel, was the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and dedication by the ARS.
The endeavor was spearheaded by the “Maro” Chapter under the guidance of Armen Topouzian. The simple efforts of this one chapter quickly blossomed into a regional effort that came to include all of the Detroit ARS sister chapters and the Detroit community at large, as well as the Chicago community.
ARS members collected gently used and new winter coats, blankets, and other winter apparel, along with monetary donations that were used to purchase new apparel. Mr. and Mrs. Bedros and Patricia Avedian graciously donated their facility for packing and storage. Additional storage space was kindly given by the Basmajian family.
The ARS Eastern USA and Detroit sister chapters—“Maro,” “Sybille,” “Zabel,” “Shakeh,” and “Tzolig”—thank those who made monetary donations and donated winter apparel. Through the generosity of the ARS, the Detroit community, and its neighboring communities, this shipment will be dispersed to those in need and will help Armenian families in Nagorno-Karabagh stay warm and endure many winters to come.