Do what you can to help tsunami victims

Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 11:42 p.m.
Although I sit comfortably at home, my child alive and well in the next room, I feel an agonizing "breaking" in my heart.
Half a planet away, tens of thousands of people are suffering the unexpected loss of their children, loved ones, neighbors, homes, villages, clean water and safe food.
The scope and range of the agony is overwhelming. It was a "natural" disaster, yet 24 hours in, and already the media was assigning blame.
There was no early warning system, the United States can't send troops or much money because of the war in Iraq. Why are so many of the dead children?
It is easy for us to be outraged about the "why" of it all, but that will do nothing to help alleviate the suffering of the survivors. If we are to truly help our fellow humans in need in Indonesia, Thailand, India and Africa, it will take our heartfelt prayers and money and action.
What if every family in America gave just $5 to some charity like the Red Cross, Care or Physicians Without Borders? How much bottled water, medication, emergency housing and food could be manifested?
To want to help, to make a difference, to give comfort, safety and haven to another in pain and suffering is the highest teaching of all the religions of the world. A great tragedy calls all of us back to our roots: our humanity.
With this great suffering, may we all be made ever aware that we truly are all in this together. It is up to each of us to do whatever we can to help.
Linda Griffith, Archer

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