[IMC-NYC-Editorial] A Personal Effort - Tsunami Relief & Donations

Assist International assist-intl at rcn.com
Thu Jan 13 13:17:54 PST 2005


<http://users.rcn.com/assist-intl/tsunaminyc/TsunamiNYC.htm>Tsunami Relief 
Efforts - 
Metropolitan<http://users.rcn.com/assist-intl/tsunaminyc/TsunamiNYC.htm> 
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>Seven 
Principles<http://www.uua.org/aboutuua/principles.html> 
[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:
·       A 
<http://www.ny1.com/ny/Boroughs/SubTopic/index.html?topicintid=3&subtopicintid=10&contentintid=46684>mosque 
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 
world community.
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 
<http://users.rcn.com/assist-intl/tsunaminyc/TsunamiNYC.htm>Tsunami Relief 
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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