(RNS) Religious aid groups have joined the effort to help victimsofthe floods in Venezuela that have killed more than 5,000 and perhaps asmany as 20,000. Another 150,000 have been left homeless.

The Southern Baptist International Mission Board said Tuesday (Dec.21) that it had transferred $80,000 to help pay for food, drinkingwater, medicines and mattresses to be distributed by Southern Baptistmissionaries working in the South American nation.

The IMB said donations may be sent to its Hunger and Relief Fund --Venezuela Flood Relief, Box 6767, Richmond, Va. 23230.

World Vision, the evangelical aid agency, said it is accepting cashand credit card donations for Venezuela. Donations may be made bycalling (888) 56CHILD (English), or (888) 511-6566 (Spanish), or bymailto Box 70288, Tacoma, Wash. 98481-0288.

Baptist World Aid, the relief arm of Baptist World Alliance, saidithad sent an initial $5,000 to the National Baptist Convention ofVenezuela. Paul Montacute, BWAid director, said, "I know that the fundswe have already sent will need to be multiplied many times if we are toprovide the kind of support needed."

Among the other agencies accepting donations for Venezuela were:

Adventist Development and Relief Agency: (800) 424-ADRA, orwww.adra.org.

American Jewish World Service: (800) 889-7146, or www.ajws.org.

Catholic Relief Services: (800) 736-3467, orwww.catholicrelief.org. Lutheran World Relief: (800) 597-5972, or www.

lwr.org. Presiding (Episcopal) Bishop's Fund for World Relief: (212)716-6025, or www.pbfwr.org.