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HOW TO HELP: Fakhr-e-Alam’s Tips on What to Send

August 26, 2010
Karachi-based entertainer Fakhr-e-Alam sent this email from the field. I have edited it for content…
“We must build food cycles, so that a constant supply can be made to the hungry people. You the overseas Pakistanis have to help us build food stocks so that there is no food shortage, and that the profiteers are not allowed to escalate local food prices, which will burden the other 70 percent poor population of Pakistan.
So this is what we need to do:
1. Build food cycles by sending food items to Pakistan. 2. Create shelter by sending all weather tents. 3. Set up medical patrol volunteer teams with plenty of medication. The rehabilitation, reconstruction is a far more daunting task, and it is best left to the government. This is what you have to do: Get a carton box size 15 x 15 x 12. This size has been chosen because it  gives us the optimum volume to weight ratio for our purpose.
Fill it with the following: 1. Two 1.5 liter bottles of water. 2. Two packs of sweet biscuits. 3. 12 packs of 200 ml to 250 ml juices. 4. 6 small packets of potato chips. 5. 2 bars of anti germ soap 6. 1 small bottle of insect repellant. 7. 1 box of dates. 8. 1 box of chocolates. 9. 1 sachet of glucose and vitamin energy mix ( ORS) 10. 1 liter carton of milk. Pack this with extreme love and care, and take this box to a PIA cargo office. All this cargo will be transported absolutely free of cost on  priority by PIA. As soon as it arrives at an airport in Pakistan. It will be custom cleared on priority and immediately handed over to Pakistan Army and very relevant NGOS like the Red Cross and NCHD. Note the cargo once on board a PIA flight will reach the affected recipient with 36 hours. Remember the severity and the magnitude is so much that every box counts.  If we can build a cycle then nothing like it. But remember requirements will change in the next 30 to 40 days. But the box size will remain the same. Also please send as many all weather tents as you can send.Finally please do not send used clothes. Do not send irrelevant donations. Most of all NO MONEY. I have set up this system so that every little bit counts. Let’s make it happen. The logistics are there and you know what to do. You will see me on and off on various TV channels. I will update you  all step by step. PIA is our back bone in this operation. If at any stage you have any complains with the PIA people please call Captain Salman on +92-321-2232777. He is the head of the relief operation and our maincontact person in PIA for relief. You can reach me on my email “
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