The Western Region of the Armenian Youth Federation is conducting a monthlong drive to collect vitamins to send to Armenia as dietary supplements to compensate for inadequate food supplies.
Members of the worldwide youth group hope to send a shipment of multivitamins and Vitamin C to the newly independent republic, where health workers and nutritionists will distribute the tablets and explain their benefits.
"It's the best way to help them," said Shant Der-Megerdichian, a Youth Federation official.
Der-Megerdichian said that the concept of taking vitamin pills is "completely foreign" to people in Armenia because there have never been any in the country.
The vitamins collected here will be driven to New York, then flown to Armenia on the United Armenian Fund airplane, which makes monthly flights to Armenia with relief supplies, Der-Megerdichian said.
Vitamins are being collected in bins at St. Mary's Armenian Apostolic Church, 500 S. Central Ave., Glendale; Chamlian Armenian School, 4444 Lowell St., La Crescenta; St. Garabed Apostolic Church, 1614 N. Alexandria Ave., Hollywood, and the Armenian Youth Federation, 109 E. Harvard St., Glendale.