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December 29, 2004 03:13 PM

Broken: Tsunami-ravaged areas

PhuketwmvI've made a donation to Oxfam America's Asian Earthquake and Tsunami Fund, to help get some food and supplies to the victims of the recent disaster there.

Other resources: Apple's home page, ratings of charities you can give to, and videos taken of the tsunami as it struck. The picture at left is taken from the first video in that list, from Phuket.

If you make a donation, please post in the comments section here, to inspire other TIB readers to help, too!


I donated yesterday. With a disaster of this event affecting so many people and families, it's the least we can do.

Posted by: Ryan at December 29, 2004 04:25 PM

I donated yesterday too.

Come on, the rest of you, get moving.

Posted by: Boofus McGoofus at December 29, 2004 04:58 PM

I donated yesterday, and I'm asking for donations in lieu of gifts for my upcoming birthday. They're going to need billions!

Posted by: Melanie at December 29, 2004 08:35 PM

I donated at Amazon - I was looking for a PayPal enabled site, but Amazon was equally easy since they already had my info. Their setup goes towards the American Red Cross and their efforts toward the tsunami aftermath.

Only $10, but if enough of us do that it can really add up.

Posted by: Eric at December 29, 2004 11:02 PM

Thanks, Eric - and Melanie and the others, too... you're right - if we all donate, it will add up quickly. TIB gets around 50,000 visitors a week - we could quickly bring about hundreds of thousands of dollars to the relief efforts.

Posted by: Mark Hurst at December 29, 2004 11:27 PM

Contributed to Oxfam America's Earthquake and Tsumnami Relief fund. The magnitude and scope of this disaster is incomprehensible. Anything this region can get will help.

Posted by: Marc at December 30, 2004 12:57 AM

I donated to the Canadian Red Cross yesterday, online. Took me several tries to get through to their server, which I take as a good sign!

Posted by: E.T. at December 30, 2004 11:43 AM

I donated to (they have my info).

Over 120,000 dead, WOW.

Posted by: joe plaugher at December 30, 2004 12:42 PM

I'm giving to UNICEF. I do so every year in lieu of Christmas shopping madness, but I'm doubling the original intended amount because of this disaster.

Posted by: Bob Sifniades at December 30, 2004 01:10 PM

mark ... thank you for inspiring your audience to help ... a great example of how the internet can spread ideas for good

i gave here:

question: what can we all do to encourage our country to act as a great peacetime force for good ... to send the national guard ... army engineers ... marines ... to build roads, carry food and water ... to act in this time of epic crisis in a mode of epic good ... to add a footnote to history that when the world cried for help we answered

Posted by: laurie kalmanson at January 1, 2005 02:09 PM

Donated to the Canadian Red Cross yesturday. They are up to $26 million. Private donations are at $65 million in Canada overall and the government has promised matching donations. Someone called CARE Canada yesturday and donated $500,000. Pretty amazing. It also shows the power of 'the people' and the internet since I imagine that many of these donations are being done online.

Posted by: David Lewis at January 4, 2005 03:30 PM

I donated.

Really, even 10$ makes a difference. With currency exchanges and the way they live, they spent less than that a day (quite a contrast considering we spend twice that on the average meal, basically).

Posted by: Ilan at January 4, 2005 07:43 PM

I found a list on the internet of A LOT of charities, organized by the countries they operate in, and has info on how to contact each charity. So....if you want to sperad your donation around....this is the place.

Posted by: me at January 5, 2005 11:31 AM

Thanks to Ilan and everyone who donated!

Posted by: Mark Hurst at January 5, 2005 05:51 PM

I'm working on winning the lottery. Whereupon I shall purchase a ticket to Southeast Asia and commence building homes.

If that fails I'll settle for donating.

Posted by: MinkOWar at January 5, 2005 08:02 PM


I found your comment rude and unsettling. If you think millions of people dieng is funny, then get off this website.

P.S. I donated half of my savings, [1,000,000] to the tsunami relief, lets keep those donations going!

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