As bad as things are following the huge earthquake and tsunami that has killed more than 120,000 people in Asia and Africa, the year is ending on a note of hope.
The United States has upped its support pledge from $35 million to $350 million, guaranteeing a global pledge of $1.2 billion from 40 nations, reports The New York Times. That’s important, because more than 5 million survivors are believed homeless. And additional money is pouring in from charities around the world.
While this disaster may seem a long way off to most Americans, seeing photo after photo of dead children sure brings it home. Deep in our heart, we all know that could have been us.
In fact, the Empress, Seth and I spent many a summer day this year on the beach, and had a tsunami come without warning, there would have been little chance of escape. We are grateful to live in a nation that has the resources to watch out for such disasters.
*In the meantime, the Empress and I are waiting to hear from my workplace charity – which ran out of funds in 2004 – to see if they’re going to offer a matching program once the new calendar year starts. If they do not, we’ll probably donate through Yahoo’s American Red Cross donation page or one of the sites mentioned here by the Empress.
Let’s just hope that 2005 is kinder to all the world’s people than 2004.
*Update: My employer announced its plan to match donations.