Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Helping In 360 Degrees Fashion

For the past week and in the coming weeks, you will be reading, hearing, and seeing a lot of appeals for your help in regards to the tsunami victims. Since most of you probably visit Amazon.com and have wish lists there, I suggest you wander back there today to their Disaster Relief page. Donate $5. It's not hard. Seriously, what is $5? A sandwich? Your daily frapu-mocha-latte-cino from Starbucks?

And after you've done that and you've started patting yourself on the back, call the Red Cross (1-800-448-3543), or visit their Blood donation site to find out how you can donate blood. It's only fair that while you help those in need abroad that you extend the hand to those who need it at home.

International aid organizations:
UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund)
United Nations' World Food Programme
Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors without Borders (donate!)
CARE International
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Disasters Emergency Comittee (DEC) - comprises a raft of aid agencies, including the below and others
British Red Cross
Save the Children UK

North America:
American Red Cross
Canadian Red Cross
Save The Children
Oxfam America

Anders Jacobsen: Webloggers: Give to tsunami victims and I'll give too!

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