[IMC-NYC-Editorial] A Personal Effort - Tsunami Relief & Donations
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Thu Jan 13 13:17:54 PST 2005
New York Area
A Personal Effort
January 1, 2005
To my fellow New Yorkers and other concerned individuals:
Like so many of us, the scope of the tsunami catastrophe in Southeast Asia,
has overwhelmed me with so many different feelings. They have ranged from
astonishment, shock, helplessness and compassion. All of which have lead me
to my present actions. I firmly believe that one individual does make a
difference. Also, as a Unitarian Universalist, I believe I am called by our
[http://www.uua.org/aboutuua/principles.html] to put myself in action.
A recent quote from the Talmud
"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly, now.
Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the
work, but neither are you free to abandon it."
clearly points to the fact that this is not the time to feel small,
powerless or inept.
I have been moved by certain stories and events that have emerged:
in New York was lacking donations to Sri Lanka due to their lack of getting
media attention on their plight.
· Senator Hillary Clinton stated that ordinary items such as cartons
to box donated goods were needed by organizations.
· Professional and cultural organizations with links in Southeast
Asia were looking for donations.
· The internet, once again, is proving instrumental in providing
information, accepting donations and getting the story and needs out to the
I have spent some time since that eventful Sunday looking at news reports
and surfing the web for information. It is my hope that the information I
have provided here will allow others to identify those organizations and
individuals that are in the Metropolitan New York community that are
"acting locally and thinking globally" to assist those on a short-term or
long-term basis to overcome the hardships in front of our brothers and
sisters in the devastated areas.
Here is a link to the
Efforts - Metropolitan New York. I will continue to update this
information on a regular basis.
Give of yourself
Peter J. Robinson, Jr.
wldtrader at aol.com
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