I know that this post-Holiday time of year many of us have lighter wallets than usual. But the people who’ve had their loved ones and their entire lives swept away by the Indian Ocean tsunami really need help.
I’ve donated to the American Red Cross via Amazon (as have about 65000 people so far). Their donations have passed $3 million and constantly rising. Unfortunately, so is the death toll. The constantly updated How to Help page on Command Post has many other charitable organizations you may wish to consider.
Beware – some spammer scum have already started churning out fake charity donation emails to take advantage of this disaster. As always, only give money to charities you can trust and verify and use proper channels.
UPDATE: The The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami page has a bunch more links and information.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Apparently unscruplous folks are also using ebay, web sites, and other means besides spam to swindle well-meaning people looking to make charitable donations. Sadly, according to the article, one of these scumsucking bastards appears to be here in Maryland.
Two good places to check out a charity before you donate: