Wednesday, December 29, 2004

With Sadness Comes Wednesday...

I really hope to have an upbeat entry one day soon. But it won't be today.

In the midst of devastation and despair, Sri Lanka can't care enough about its lost, injured or dead citizens to allow help from Israel's military. That's right. Sri Lanka rejects Israel resuers. Instead of the 150 planned team, now a smaller contingent will be sent. They should ask Tehran's grieving families if rejecting Israel's help is worth it.



A friend of a friend, Nicole, is missing. Please pray for her. Our mutual friend had the following suggestion for those wishing to do something to help the victims/survivors:

You can make a donation to the non-profit organization called Direct Relief International (  They are a Santa Barbara based 501(c)3 organization that accepts private and corporate donations,  and is currently working with established organizations in the affected countries.  Thanks to their corporate partnerships, less than 1% of donations go to administrative costs. Among their numerous corporate partners are Abbott Labs, Bausch & Lomb, Fed-Ex, Merck, Mattell, Novartis, Pfizer & Schering Plough.  Fed Ex has even donated a 747 to ship supplies.  You can make a donation online. Any amount ($5, $18, $50, $1000, etc) would help and it is tax deductible.


The lights on Broadway are expected to be dimmed for one minute tonight to honor the passing of one of their own, Jerry Orbach, who died Tuesday night from prostate cancer. While he's mostly known today as Lennie Brisco on the original Law & Order TV series, Orbach performed in many hit Broadway musicals and even won a Tony. Film audiences will always love him as Baby's dad in the film, Dirty Dancing. To read more about his career, click here.


At 5:05 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I wish your friend the best. I hope you don't mind but I added this relief agency to the list I have on a post.

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Mind? I'm thrilled! Anyone else who wishes to do so, please do the same. And thank you for your good wishes for Nicole. Very much appreciated.


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