Donations to Asia Doubled

  1. Folks I have decided to give a weeks pay to the help the people affected by the floods. Just as a matter of principle we all inhabit this earth together, and we all need to help each other out, or ALL drown in one way or another. We could not come up with a group of people that need help more, and in some ways have been neglected by those of us who are more fortunate.

    No, I can't afford to give that much money, and I imagine that I will be paying it off all year. BUT by making sacrifices it will get paid, and much faster than those affected will recover. And sure, lots of people and governments are giving money, but we are talking about people who had not the best living conditions to begin with. It won't kill me to give them a bit of a boost. As one of many caring people I want to make a statement that they are not alone in this world, we care and we intend to make sure they get one their feet again.

    I was watching CBC today and they said that 80% of donations come from private citizens, not from companies or governments, so we have to get in there. They also said that the Canadian government was matching donations made by the people. So if you go to the Canadian branch of the Red Cross, World Vision, UNICEF, Save the Children (I forget the others) you will be giving twice over.

    Plus...last day to donate on this years tax return. What other incentive do we need?
  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   gwenith
    I have given and initial $200 and will give more - I have decided to commit to a $50 donation each pay over the next few months as I know that so many times the donations dry up as the need continues
  4. by   Tweety
    I think a good deal of the money is going to come from the public. Just as we responded with cash from our pockets to the victums of 9/11/01 and other disasters, the public's generosity is needed.

    Musicians are getting into the act as well. Celebrities have a an opportunity to ralley fans with concerts, support, etc.
  5. by   canoehead
    Right on!

    In this region of the world they have needs that we can't even imagine, and they won't have money from the government as we do in richer countries. If we can set them up a little bit better than they were before, it will be worth every penny.
  6. by   Blackcat99
    canoehead. Wow!!! A weeks pay! That's such a wonderful generous thing that you are doing! I've given $125 to world vision and I am hoping to give more too.
  7. by   Q.
    I just can't give anything right now. My tuition is due, the medical bills are due, and my dad's $8000 expenses for his funeral are due. I just can't.

    If this makes me a bad person so be it.
  8. by   talaxandra
    Q., while I think that people who donate time and money are morally good, I don't think that those who can't are morally bad, and I for one don't think worse of you
    Perhaps there's an argument to be made that people who have the ability to donate but don't are at least morally suspect, but for some people (like you, at the moment) it really isn't possible.
    That's perhaps a bit self-serving on my part too, in all honesty, because I can't afford right now to give as much as I'd like to, or at least not without withdrawing support from charities I regularly contribute to. On the other hand, as Gwenith points out, there is sadly going to be a long-term need, and I'll be kicking in a fairer share from next month.
  9. by   Mkue
    At this time I can only afford a small donation.. I'm giving a small amount to the disaster through my church that is collecting this weekend.
  10. by   gwenith
    A small donation is fine $1 is fine if that is all you can afford right now because as rep says $1 goes a long way in the countries affected. I am giving what I am because I feel I have to - simple as that.
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    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:
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Dec 31, '04 : Reason: typo
  12. by   gwenith
    Thank-you Spacenurse and thank-you for the link. Somehow giving to other nurses seems to make it closer to home.

    I know that this will not be the end of the aid and that people will continue to be generous.
  13. by   BeachNurse
    I am going to donate, although I haven't decided how yet. I am considering EBay, which has set up a way to donate through auctions, in which you can give 10-100% of your profits. This will probably be the easiest way for me to do it since I am low on cash. I will do 100%. I did the same on 9/11.
  14. by   fergus51
    Just an update, the Canadian government has said it will now match donations up to a total amount of 65 million up from 25 million (that brings the total federal government donation to 80 million), so if you want your money doubled there is still time. They are also allowing Canadians to claim donations made till January 11th on their 2004 income tax.