The Acting National Director of Insular and Foreign Operations, American Red Cross (Ernest J. Swift), to the Secretary of State
My Dear Mr. Secretary: On January 14th a severe earthquake caused great damage in the central and southern part of Mexico, particularly in the State of Oaxaca. According to a despatch received yesterday from the Mexican Red Cross the needs are great and the resources of the Mexican Red Cross are being heavily drawn against. To help it meet the needs of the sufferers we have made an allotment of $5,000 and we would be most grateful if the Department of State would transmit this money to the Mexican Red Cross through the American Ambassador. A check for $5,000, payable to the Department of State, is enclosed.
Appreciating your kindness in this matter,