December 28, 2004: Headlines: COS - Sri Lanka: Service: Tsunami: Argus Leader: RPCV Tammie Willcuts flies to Sri Lanka to offer aid

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RPCV Tammie Willcuts flies to Sri Lanka to offer aid

RPCV Tammie Willcuts  flies to Sri Lanka to offer aid

RPCV Tammie Willcuts flies to Sri Lanka to offer aid

Sioux Falls woman flies to Sri Lanka to offer aid

Argus Leader
Sioux Falls, S.D.
December 28, 2004

A Sioux Falls woman has left for Sri Lanka to provide humanitarian support to victims of Sunday's deadly earthquake and tidal waves.

Tammie Willcuts works in the Rapid Response division of the Save the Children foundation in Washington. She flew to Sri Lanka on Sunday to help with disaster relief, such as setting up camps or dealing with sanitation issues.

She knows the language and has many friends in Sri Lanka after spending two years there in the '90s with the Peace Corps.

Willcuts' goal will be to get systems set up and turn them over to locals or other Save the Children staff, said her mother, Sheryl Walston of Sioux Falls, who winters in Arizona.

"She's traveled all over the world getting set up for Rapid Response," Walston said of her daughter.

In the past few years, Willcuts has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and Bangladesh, Walston said.

But Sri Lanka is near and dear to her daughter's heart because of the Peace Corps experience.

"This time, it's personal," Walston said. "That's like family to her."

When this story was posted in January 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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