Saturday, January 01, 2005
Donate online to be part of help on the way
Natural disasters bring out the best in humanity because, at least at first, they are not politicised and all the victims are innocent. We ache to empathize with those affected and we recoil as a species at the ultimate vulnerability we all share while secretly experiencing gratitude for our own safety. As horrific as these events are, they raise the consciousness of the human race, they emphasize the essential connection that is normally so removed from our daily thinking. They make heroism ordinary and charity universal. If you've not yet done so, give something to the relief effort through an organization you admire. Here are some of them and access to others. Even if it's only five dollars you can help by donating online. It takes but a moment to affirm humanity at a time when we are reminded how fragile our tenure truly is.
Click the banner above to donate to UNICEF.
The Washington Post has a list of public, religious, south Asian and other international organizations through which you can donate here and the N.Y. Times list, with a lot of donate online links, is here. The Red Cross International Disaster Relief online donation form is here and CARE's is here.
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