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December 29, 2004

Disaster Relief for the Tsunami victims.

I don't have anything useful to say on the subject. The pros and the bloggers with connections will have more to say on this than I could possibly add.

My firm is matching employee contributions up to $10K. We're a multi-billion dollar a year corporation, I know of several of us who are suggesting that's cheap given our resources and the magnitude of the disaster - and are suggesting that we could go higher without hurting our bottom line any.

SWWBO and I have given via the Red Cross. I'm sure that next week, when Rotary meets, we'll be digging in there, as well, to send assistance via Rotary International.

Rotary has several actions on-going, for you Rotarians stopping by.

Sri-Lanka
LankaFoods is channeling food via the Colombo Rotary Club.
District 3000 is accepting donations via mail:

Send checks to "RI District 3000, c/o Governor M. Elangovan, M D., Hotel Sevana, Tiruchirapalli 620 001." For additional details, contact: Sd.Prof R Panchanadhan, District Secretary, RI District 3000, No 5, 9th Cross, 7th Main, Srinivasanagar, Tiruchirapalli 620 017.

You can also donate via Amazon.com (donations are for the Red Cross). Although I myself am not Catholic, I work with Catholic Charities, another venue to contribute.

If you have internet security concerns, here is the Red Cross contact info for donations:

You can help those affected by this crisis and countless others around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance, and other support to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the International Response Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

DoD has sent the Forward Command Element of Joint Task Force 536 to coordinate DoD's assistance in this relief effort. AF 'Nam vets will recognize Utapao...

Given the UN's level of competence in matters like this, SWWBO and I will channel our giving through NGO's like the Red Cross, where we have some assurance that the money will at least make it to the region, though not all the involved governments have good records regarding distribution of aid, but you can only influence things so far, eh?

I know we just got done shaking you guys down for Spirit of America, but hey, give what ya can, it'll help balance your Karma score. Regardless of their politics, or religion, or nationality, they're people who are in serious need, eh?

And if you feel like "Yeah, that's horrible, but there are still people in the US who need help, too," fine. There are plenty of ways to help there, as well - because you're right, there are people here who could use help - so give 'em some. Karma points still accrue.