By Vicki O'Brien
September 01, 2005
Now, the jaded part of me is
wondering: where is the international aid that one would expect
to hear of during a tragic disaster? Perhaps it's just not being
reported on CNN and MSNBC when I'm watching, or in the newspaper
when I'm reading, or on the radio when I'm listening, or on the
Internet when I'm surfing... but I'm seeing discouragingly little
to no help being offered from around the world. How many BILLIONS
did the United States offer after the Indonesian tsunami? How
often do we come to the aid of others around the world? Now
that the U.S. suffering its worst disaster in a century, and
perhaps ever, does the rest of the world feel compelled to come
forward to offer assistance? Sadly, it appears the answer is
no. I hope this changes. And I hope that we as citizens of
our country can take this opportunity to rally together to help
our own. Look past our frighteningly high fuel prices and uncertainty
for the future... put our collective abilities toward helpin!
The Red Cross is always a good choice - www.redcross.org - and in doing some online research, I happened upon some good sites that offer tips for people wanting to donate. www.networkforgood.org and www.charitynavigator.org both give help in deciding where to donate and how. Just typing "hurricane katrina donation" into Google will get you a wealth of information.
It cost me $23.50 to put eight
gallons of gas into my car this morning when I left my house
for work. I cringed when I wrote the check. But then I counted
my blessings, happy to still have my car, house and job... and
my family.... in my little corner of 'paradise'.
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