Please Help Victims of Asian Tsunamis

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Please Help Victims of Asian Tsunamis

Om is right. A year without tragedy would indeed be a wonderful gift.

We should all take a few moments out of our lives and pay attention to those less fortunate who have suffered immensely in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and the tsunamis it spawned.

One of my colleagues at TMC has family in Sri Lanka. He was lucky enough to receive good news about the health and safety of his relatives. Many people were not so lucky.

As the death toll from this horrible tragedy rises past 55,000 (unfortunately that toll is expected to continue to rise), the need for assistance grows apace. Millions of people are affected in nearly a dozen countries across multiple continents. Beyond the immediate basic needs of food, shelter, water, etc., one has to realize that there will be many long-term consequences. Orphaned children, families in need of crisis counseling, wholly displaced communities, people trying to piece together some shred of a life that was changed suddenly and violently by nature’s wrath... The suffering will continue long after most people have forgotten about the unimaginable destruction of December 25/26.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent societies are collecting donations to help those affected by the crisis. Donations to the American Red Cross International Response Fund can be made by calling 1-800-HELP NOW.

Doctors without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is also accepting donations.

A very thorough list of organizations that are accepting donations to help the victims of this disaster can be found at The Command Post.

This latest crisis is no different than other tragedies. Hurricanes that ravage the Caribbean, earthquakes that devastate Armenia, mudslides in Brazil… We tend to forget how violent this planet can be sometimes. Natural disasters are most certainly a part of daily life worldwide. It is my hope that these few words might nudge some of you to take a moment out of your day and make a donation to help in the wake of this most recent tragedy. Every little bit helps.

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