Want to know how you can help in the aftermath of the 9.2 earthquake in the Indian Ocean and the surrounding countries? Send money. No blankets. Not knitting/knitted items. Just money. We are talking survival now. Relief organizations need cold, hard cash to buy food, water and medicine. It costs people and money to process non-cash donations. See Red Cross’ statement on why they can’t process donations of goods.
Here are a few organizations that are taking your donations:
- Red Cross is looking to raise $6.7 million dollars over the course of the next 6 months for relief to the region.
- Doctors Without Borders is a wonderful organization.
- World Vision is another wonderful organization. I’ve been very impressed with them. (Disclaimer: I did a short consulting engagement for them several years ago.)
San Jose Mercury News has a more complete list of agencies and organizations that are accepting contributions for earthquake and tsunami relief.
And once you’ve made your donations, check with your employer. Most companies will match your donations to charitable organizations. You might be able to double your donations.
Need more incentive? If you are in the US, just remember, if you donate before midnight, December 31st, you can write it off in your 2004 income tax.