As all of you are aware by now, the recent tsunami in Southeast Asia has caused massive death and destruction. The affected peoples will require billions of dollars of aid, both foreign and domestic, to assist them in rebuilding their lives, their towns and villages, and their local economies.
Sure, many governments are being very generous in this time of need. However, the mood of the U.S. has swung more away from government intervention towards the private sector taking responsibility for various things, including charitable matters. This disaster presents a perfect opportunity for the American public to prove to the world that it is as generous and caring as it likes to think it is.
I, among others, am throwing down the gauntlet and challenging the American public to get personally involved in this crisis by opening up our wallets and making significant donations towards the relief effort.
I have made a $100 donation to the Red Cross International Relief Fund. If just 10 million others would do the same, we could raise a billion dollars in desperately needed aid, over and above the amount that the U.S. Government is and/or will pledge for support.
For links to various organizations to which you can pledge donations, click here.
These are desperate times for those poor souls in Southeast Asia. Please reach into your pocket in this time of need. If we are not put on this earth to live together and help each other, then what are we here for?