This is a wonderful thread.
I saw a local family just back from Thailand on TV last night. They were separated on the water.
Turns out two different local families rescued a child. One man had lost his wife and children. He found the 6 year old lost, bruised, and crying. He fed her, gave her canned drinks, gave her clothing that had belonged to his dead child, and went to the hospital where he saw her photo. He took her to her parents. Her sister had been pulled out of the water to the roof of a house. They want to go back to the land where people who have lost their home and loved ones were so kind to strangers.
I believe most would do the same if we could.
What we CAN do is donate, as Gwenith says, regularly. Do I need new shoes or an IPOD? No! People need clean water, food, and medicine.
No one should die from lack of these. No diarrhea deaths treatable with antibiotics and preventable with clean water to drink.
Thank you canoehead for this excellent thread!
PS: Here is an opportunity to donate directly to nurses in Sri Lanka: