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Donating To The Tsunami Disaster Relief

If you haven’t done so already please consider donating to the earthquake and tsunami disaster relief.

Thanks and a happy new year to you all!

Boxer or anybody,

Do you guys know of a legit organization, that we can donate to? When disasters strike, there seems to be a whole bunch of organizations that all of a sudden pop up(non-legit). I’ve gotten a whole bunch of clothes and money together to send. I just don’t know who to trust.

One more thing, do you guys think it would be better to buy canned goods, powdered milk, etc., with the money I’ve raised? Or giving the money to the Red Cross a better option?

Sancho, you can donate through Amazon. You can also donate through Red Cross

[quote]Boxer wrote:
Sancho, you can donate through Amazon. You can also donate through Red Cross

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Thanks Boxer! Do you suggest, that I use the money raised to buy foods (canned,powdered)? or Just donate the money to Amazon or Red Cross?

[quote]Sancho wrote:

Thanks Boxer! Do you suggest, that I use the money raised to buy foods (canned,powdered)? or Just donate the money to Amazon or Red Cross?[/quote]
Great work Sancho! I think the best thing would probably be a cash donation through the Red Cross or Amazon because when sending items there is extra costs involved for the charities so they normally prefer cash donations for this reason ( this is the conclusion i’ve come to from reading the Red Cross website anyway ).

Hey Boxer + Sancho

Great cause. It is nice to see support going to the disaster-affected peoples. And to see it raised on this forum is great. I applaud you Boxer + Sancho for taking this up i.e. raising awareness on this forum and for donating.

Well done Lads.

Regards,
Graham Dean, South Africa.

This website is fast becoming the authority on what’s going on:

http://tsunamihelp.blogspot.com/

They don’t really evaluate groups.

I donated to Feed the Children:

since I have problems with the Red Cross (not that they waste money though, I think they are pretty good about that).

Thanks for the kind words Dominate! Great link Chris!

There is a list of organisations that people can use to donate here :

http://www.google.com/tsunami_relief.html

Doctors Without Borders and Goad International.

I just found this:

http://www.charitywatch.org

It grades charities. A means at least 75% of donations go to people in need.

I got these from the Oxblog site ( http://oxblog.blogspot.com/ )

LIST OF ORGANISATIONS CONTRIBUTING TO THE TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORT: Please give as much as you are able.

Action Against Hunger
247 West 37th Street, Suite 1201
New York, N.Y. 10018
212-967-7800 x108
http://www.actionagainsthunger.org

AJJDC
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
South Asia Tsunami Relief
Box 321
847A Second Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10017
212-687-6200 ext. 851

AmeriCares
88 Hamilton Ave
Stamford, CT 06902
800-486-4357

American Jewish World Service
45 West 36th Street, 10th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10018
800-889-7146

American Friends Service Committee
AFSC Crisis Fund
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19102
215-241-7000

American Red Cross
International Response Fund
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, D.C. 20013
800-HELP NOW

Catholic Relief Services
Tsunami Emergency
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, Md. 21203-7090
800-736-3467

Direct Relief International
27 South La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, Calif. 93117
805-964-4767
whttp://ww.directrelief.org

Doctors Without Borders
P.O. Box 1856
Merrifield, Va. 22116-8056
888-392-0392
http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org

Food for the Hungry, Inc.
Food for the Hungry
Asia Quake Relief
1224 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
800-2-HUNGERS
http://www.fh.org

International Medical Corps
Earthquake/Tsunami Relief
1919 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 300
Santa Monica, Calif. 90404
800-481-4462
http://www.imcworldwide.org

Mercy Corps
Southeast Asia Earthquake Response
Dept. W
P.O. Box 2669
Portland, Ore. 97208
800-852-2100

Operation USA
8320 Melrose Avenue, Suite 200 Los Angles, Calif. 90069
800-678-7255
http://www.opusa.org

Oxfam America
Asian Earthquake Fund
PO Box 1211
Albert Lea, MN 56007-1211
800-77-OXFAM

Save The Children
Asia Earthquake/Tidal Wave Relief Fund
54 Wilton Road
Westport, Conn. 06880
800-728-3843

Islamic Relief USA
Southeast Asia Earthquake Emergency
P.O. Box 6098
Burbank, Calif. 91510
888-479-4968
http://www.irw.org/asiaquak

US Fund for UNICEF
General Emergency Fund
333 E. 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
800-4-UNICEF
http://www.unicefusa.org

Stop Hunger Now
SE Asia crisis
2501 Clark Ave, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27607
888-501-8440
http://www.stophungernow.org

World Vision
P.O. Box 70288
Tacoma, WA 98481-0288
800-56-CHILD

World Concern
Asia Earthquake and Tsunami
19303 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98133
800-755-5022
http://www.worldconcern.org

World Emergency Relief
2270-D Camino Vida Roble
Carlsbad, CA 92009
760-930-8001
http://www.worldemergencyrelief.org

Ireland
Concern
Tr?caire

Britain
British Red Cross
Oxfam

Canada
Canadian Red Cross

Australia
Australian Red Cross

okay, just to provotke some thoughts…(you know, playing Devil’s Advocate)

How does this president have the balls to ask the American people directly for money when he and his cronies have blow billions on Iraq? I am in the LOWEST tax braket and i pay over 31% income taxes a year. I am NOT downplaying the generosity of the T-Nation, our our Great Nation, just a question for all those GW supporters.
What happened to the Republican way of “I earned it, so screw all yall”?

Anyways, i have donated via Red Cross/Crescent, and may God have mercy on those unfortunate peoples.

Bump for more donations. These people really need it.

Just heard that Doctors without Borders has asked people to STOP donating. Apparently they’re funded for every intitative they have on their docket.

[quote]Boxer wrote:
Bump for more donations. These people really need it.[/quote]

C’mon, i covered my ass. I just see a political ploy with the whole BUSH BUSH CLINTON thing.

But, I guess, I deserve it.

And for those who work for large companies, check to see if your employer has a matching gift program. Some will match your contributions dollar for dollar up to a specified amount. Every little bit helps.

In case you hadn’t seen…

http://homepage.mac.com/demark/tsunami/

FYI:

New Law Allows Tsunami Contributions to be Deducted on 2004 Tax Returns

The House ( http://waysandmeans.house.gov/news.asp?formmode=release&id=290 ) and Senate ( http://finance.senate.gov/press/Gpress/2005/prg010605.pdf ) yesterday passed by unanimous consent legislation (H.R. 241 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c109:2:./temp/~c109McKvHI:: ) to permit taxpayers to claim charitable deductions in tax year 2004 for donations they make for tsunami disaster relief until January 31, 2005, instead of having to wait until next year’s filing season. Only cash gifts made specifically for disaster relief are eligible.

Here is the text of H.R. 241:

        SECTION 1. ACCELERATION OF INCOME TAX BENEFITS FOR CHARITABLE CASH CONTRIBUTIONS FOR RELIEF OF INDIAN OCEAN TSUNAMI VICTIMS.

        (a) IN GENERAL- For purposes of section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, a taxpayer may treat any contribution described in subsection (b) made in January 2005 as if such contribution was made on December 31, 2004, and not in January 2005.

        (b) CONTRIBUTION DESCRIBED- A contribution is described in this subsection if such contribution is a cash contribution made for the relief of victims in areas affected by the December 26, 2004, Indian Ocean tsunami for which a charitable contribution deduction is allowable under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.