Hey guys, hopefully you'll accept this little bit of quasi-spam for a good cause.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by the massive 9.0 earthquake that caused entire coastal towns to be swept away by enormous tidal waves. Most of the hardest-hit places such as Sri Lanka and the Philippines are already very poorly equipped to deal with their everyday humanitarian problems, so the devastation caused by a natural disaster of this proportion is inestimable.
UNICEF is one of many organizations accepting donations to benefit victims of the disaster. They accept credit cards online, donations are tax-deductible and can be made from any country in the world. You can specify that your donation go specifically to victims of the disaster, or wherever your funds are needed most.
Just thought I'd recommend this good cause. I've already sent off my donation, and surely if a university drop-out with enormous debts and no job prospects can afford a modest $35 contribution, others should be able to spare a couple bucks. Every dollar counts, so let's show them what makes us a community.
Donate at UNICEF.org
Links to other charities to which you can donate. Links courtesy of sticky in somethingawful's GBS:
Thai Red Cross (thus eliminating the middle-man, apparently)
British Red Cross
American Red Cross
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_you_can_do ... ke1204.htm
Dutch Red Cross
German Red Cross
French Red Cross
: Anyone thinking of starting a food or clothing drive for people in the affected regions should think again. This is about the worst thing you can do in a disaster. It costs more for international relief agencies to ship your old cans of creamed corn overseas than it would to buy them in-country.