As we end 2004 and start 2005, it's heartening to see how quickly people in general and Americans in particular have responded to the disaster caused by the tsunami in India, Sri Lanka, and all around that region. According to the American Red Cross, by Wednesday it had received about $18 million in donations to its International Response Fund in the three days since the waves struck.
From all I've read and seen, a lot more will be needed. The American Red Cross, with its links to local Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations in the affected countries, seems like one of the best ways Americans can get the right kind of aid to the people who need it.
You can help by making a donation and selecting the International Response Fund. This link will take you to their donation page where you can use the online form or click on the "Donate by phone" or "Donate by mail" links for other methods.
Let's send them a wave of relief!