Friday, December 31, 2004

Before you pop that cork...

It's going to feel strange tonight, committing revelry while the other side of the planet experiences so much heartbreak and despair. I think right now we have to earn the right to a Happy New Year, by doing something to make our hope for a better future something other than the naive wish of a Pollyanna.

I know money is tight after Christmas, but if you can even spare $10 for the American Red Cross or Unicef, you can help make sure that millions of humans in South Asia get a chance to see 2006. Without fresh water and proper medical care, these populations will succumb to diseases that will wreak ten times the destruction of the tsunami itself.

If you're an customer, you don't even have to get off your butt to find your credit card--you can donate to the American Red Cross through their site, where all your payment information is already stored. (I'm a big fan of not getting off my butt, as my chiropractor will attest.)

Let's prove once and for all that Humanity has more mercy than Nature.

Happy New Year.


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