Many of us may be donating already through other channels. I know I
am. But a group effort never hurts. There is a challenge thread
going on the eBay Bidding Board to get people donating. There are many
many excellent organizations that are bringing relief to the areas
and people affected.
From: “Loren S. Damewood” email@example.com
There are many charitable organizations which are working to bring
relief to the victims of this disaster.
I hope that everyone will give a little extra to the organization of
their choice, to help fund their efforts.
From: Hideo Chino firstname.lastname@example.org
I agree we should do something concrete aside from expressing our
feelings. Ahmed Shareek has set up a pay-pal account through his web
site at http://www.crescentgems.com. I found it when I went to the
site at the suggestion of Randy Smith. I have also received this
from several friends:
If you have not yet gone to your favorite relief agency's site
to donate to the millions of survivors of the earthquake and
tsunami in southern Asia (current count is 56,000 dead), please
consider visiting the following sites:
Reuters Foundation's site, Alertnet.org: Alerting
humanitarians to emergencies. A treasuretrove of information
and links to non-governmental organizations.
Among my favorite all-around NGOs are the International
Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC
www.ifrc.org (they often can go where IRC workers may not feel
safe,. . . .
Students, faculty and staff have expressed an interest in
supporting relief efforts for survivors of the tsunami. The
following CNN website carries a fairly complete listing of
international aid organizations. You may find them helpful.
From: The Doctor email@example.com
I found a page on MSNBC.com that lists the names and contact
for reputable charitable organizations involved with
For my fellow Floridians who wish to help, there is a phone number
you can call to find out if the organization you are considering to
donate to is reputable. To check to see if the charity is registered
with the state of Florida, call 1-800-HELP-FLA or visiting
www.800helpfla.com/giftgiversguide Con artists always creep up
during times like these (Florida is still experiencing “hurricane
cons”). If you live here, try calling this number before donating to
any charitable organization.
Just knowing that 100,000 people are predicted dead from this event
of plate tectonics is sobering, to say the least. If that doesn’t
drive home the significance of this geological event, I direct you
to this Reuters news excerpt:
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The deadly Asian earthquake may have
permanently accelerated the Earth’s rotation – shortening days by a
fraction of a second – and caused the planet to wobble on its axis,
U.S. scientists said on Tuesday.
Richard Gross, a geophysicist with NASA (news - web sites)'s Jet
Propulsion Laboratory in California, theorized that a shift of mass
toward the Earth’s center during the quake on Sunday caused the
planet to spin 3 microseconds, or one millionth of a second, faster
and to tilt about an inch (2.5 cm) on its axis.
It seems that scientists will be adding another “leap second” a bit
sooner than previously anticipated.
James in SoFl
From: Crescent Gems firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for all those Emails , I am sorry I did not check My
ORCHID mail for a while . We are fine, ( Staff of crescent gems and
our loved ones ) But the south coast of Sri Lanka is devastated .
Please Donate a few $$$ for a worthy cause at
Thanking you in advance
From: “E. Luther” email@example.com
The following links are from the on-line publication Heroic Stories.
The owner, Randy Cassingham, is a Red Cross volunteer and paramedic
and always does his research. So I trust that these are trustworthy
places to donate.
The International Red Cross/Red Crescent: http://tinyurl.com/53mzh
Project HOPE Asia Tsunami Response: Specify “India emergency
relief”: http://tinyurl.com/5jmns Unicef South Asia Tsunami Relief
Efforts: Donate: http://tinyurl.com/5tnnh News:
http://tinyurl.com/4664d Oxfam: Donate:
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
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From: “Karen Goeller” firstname.lastname@example.org
I would also like to add that the tangible relief efforts take many
forms. There obvious needs such as food & blankets that are
critical, but hygiene needs are the ones that will save the most
lives in the longer term, until government aid can step in with the
big bucks to rebuild water purification plants and such. Hygiene
assistance addresses water purification, cleaning agents,
disinfectants, etc., which can begin to prevent the epidemic of
plague illnesses that will follow devastation of this magnitude
(cholera, dengue fever, etc.)
One organization that focuses on “hygiene kits” for disaster areas
is Mercy Corps. They have been highly rated and their work is worth
considering as you determine how to provide support for relief
efforts. You can find out about them at http://www.mercycorps.org
Hand-crafted artisan jewelry
From: “Tina Ashmore” email@example.com
The Red Cross sends 100% donations to those in need.