I know Christmas probably tapped most of us out, but really, compared to the folks in these photos we all have so much more than we need. So send money — since we’re not already in Asia, sending donations of clothing etc probably will just clog up the delivery pipelines even more — there are any number of great organizations you can send donations through. I donated to the International Red Cross because Cisco, who employs me in my day job as a tech writer, will match dollar for dollar. Check out the South-East Asia Tsunami Help Blog for links to donation sites.
Our president may be a miser who took three days to come out of his Texas bunker even to address this issue, and who originally pledged a mere 15 million dollars, which I might point out is less than half of what they’re planning on spending on the inauguration (but then again, we know what US Governement pledges are worth — ask the folks still living in tents in Turkey who never got the aid money this president pledged, or the AIDS victims in Africa who have never seen one red cent of the money the president pledged in the 2003 State of the Union Address — but I digress into ranting). Despite the stinginess of our government, I must continue to believe that the American people have not become so hard hearted as to share his miserly nature. Give. Give generously. Look at your kids and the Christmas tree and your pets and imagine it all engulfed by a 30 foot high wall of water and write that check. Take some money out of the food budget, rob the piggy bank, do whatever it takes. Prove to the world that we, the people, are not misers.