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Aug. 31st, 2005 | 02:27 pm
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Folks, what's happening in New Orleans is horrible and tragic, and I feel for all who live there. I'm also beefing up my earthquake prep because we don't get hurricanes but there are lots of deep faults around here.

HOWEVER, there are tragedies and disasters all over the world, every day. Designating your donations for New Orleans (or Sudan or the tsunami) only means that other, equally worthy, people will miss out on the help we could give. Please consider finding a good charity and donating to their general fund?

<3 and hugs to all

ETA: I sent my bucks to Mercy Corps (on azhriaz's recommendation) and Habitat for Humantiy (rec by sparcck.) Both earmarked for their most urgent need, as per my philosophy above.
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What? Who?

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from: oulangi
date: Aug. 31st, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
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I have mixed thoughts on this - on the one hand, obviously there are tragedies and disasters all over the world and ideally we would be equally concerned with them as well. But from a more pragmatic standpoint, disasters like this will prod people who normally *don't* donate or volunteer to do so, and those are they people most outreach is trying to reach right now. So when those folks designate their donations to Katrina, it isn't money the charities would get anyway, and it isn't money equally worthy people are missing out on. In fact, designated donations can offset the drain on the charities "general fund", freeing more money to help less publicized needs.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
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I just want people to think -- maybe some of them will see the bigger picture.

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Coco

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from: hyacinth_sky747
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)
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The Red Cross will use any money flagged for New Orleans to help hurricane victims in general and as the season is just getting underway it is most likely donations designated as such will help a hurricane victim in some manner. If you don't flag them the donations go to support your local chapter which could mean everything from salaries to office furniture to fire victim relief. You might want to put 'disaster relief' on your check if you want to be certain it is used for disaster relief but you don't really care where.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
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That's useful to know -- I'm not against paying for a bit of office furniture, myself.

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from: anonymous
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
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When I made my tsunami relief donation to C.A.R.E, they were at pains to make it clear that the money would be used for tsunami relief until they didn't need any more tsunami relief money, at which point it would be used at their discretion for other needs. They asked me to check a box saying that I was aware of that and okay with it (which I duly checked.) So if this is an issue for people, that would probably a good charity to give to.

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Brilliant...but not Gifted

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from: iolanthe_rosa
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 02:03 am (UTC)
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Oops, sorry, thought I was logged in. It's me!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
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I like that approach, it sounds very honest and appropriate.

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Jem

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from: crazybutsound
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 11:22 am (UTC)
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Oh, finally someone who's not afraid to say something. Thank you. *hugs you* I've been meaning to post something similar for a while now, but because I'm not a US citizen I felt it wasn't my place. But when you think of the thousand who died in that stampede in Irak, of the other storms and disasters around the world, it's just... Yes, donating to a general fund is better, I think. More charitable.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
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I worry that some people are seen as worthy of help and others aren't. Some random person who's house burns down in Detroit, and starving people in Niger are just as worthy, that's all.

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from: oneangrykate
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
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I don't know. Usually I would agree with you, but I feel a great affinity with the South, and I don't see anything wrong with contributing specifically to New Orleans at the moment, especially since things seem to be going more and more FUBAR as time goes on. It is a very valid statement that many Americans tend to focus on their own front doors and often ignore those in need abroad, but in this case, domestic need is pretty dire right now.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 07:16 pm (UTC)
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I understand that, though continue to disagree.

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from: oneangrykate
date: Sep. 2nd, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
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The more I think about it, the more I realize that you have a very, very good point. *hug*

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from: traveller
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)
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what an unbelievably thoughtless thing to say. there was at least one person reading this whose entire life has been washed away. did you stop and think how saying "i feel for you HOWEVER you don't really deserve help as much as others" might make that person feel? that's crap.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
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It's not what I meant and I'm sorry that you think I did. I very much hope that cruel_illusion and inbetweens will know that, because I like them very much and wouldn't want to hurt their feelings in any way.

I worry that we all concentrate on the spectacular disasters, not the smaller or less visual disasters affecting other people who ALSO deserve help.

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from: traveller
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
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i was actually referring to maidazia, who was and is extremely hurt by this post.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Sep. 1st, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
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I have apologized to her directly. And sent $200 to Mercy Corps and Habitat for Humanity, but earmarked for their most urgent need, not the hurricane as such. I stand by my philosophy that if I can trust them with my money, I can trust them to be wise and use it well.

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just a good-time gallifreyan

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from: sumbitch
date: Sep. 2nd, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
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i can see your point but, personally, i know that the money i'm channelling towards Katrina relief isn't out of my "charitable giving" fund -- it's out of my other discretionary spending. if something terrible had not happened to a city to which i have a deep emotional connection, i probably wouldn't be spending that money. like most Americans, my usual level of charitable giving (i'm sorry to say) is nowhere near the actual limits of what i can REALLY afford (and when i say that, i mean "and still be able to eat and pay the mortgage and that's it.)

i understand your fear that other charities will be hurt by this, but part of the outpouring of support is, i think, that so many people have a special connection with NOLA, and are thus digging up money they otherwise would have spent on beer and porn other things entirely.

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just a good-time gallifreyan

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from: sumbitch
date: Sep. 2nd, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC)
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you know, i mean to say beer and porn, but perhaps the italics are more appropriate, if you hear them as the shouting of a mob.

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