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Here's an idea I just got via email that's a stroke of genius! Please, participate!
Everybody who is concerned about y2k should send a donation for Nicaragua and Honduras and write on it (prominently!) or on an accompanying scrap of paper "From the Y2K Community." Within days, we could raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and demonstrate that our networked community is not a bunch of nuts, but a connected, decentralized arm of the world mind that understands we're all in the soup together.
Let every one of us who has spoken to another of Y2K send something today for these people, our neighbors who lay humbling waiting in those devastated areas for a hand to hold, any hand, from anywhere on this planet that might care to help.
If Y2K is about community and survival, and sharing and cooperation, let's test our new skills now. Let's blow the minds of all the skeptics who see us as quivering, helpless doomsayers and negativists. Here's our chance to show how fast the group mind can move: Faster than any government, faster than the Borg, faster than any group of humans who have ever come together in the history of the planet. Faster, because we have clear minds and free will.
Please forward this to anyone and everyone you know. Jam it, spam it, cram it. Let's make this machine work. Let's make this technology serve us.
Let's have the Y2K community of the world create the biggest, fastest fundraiser in human history. What can we the people do in 24 hours for our Honduran and Nicarguan family?
Do you truly want to raise Y2K awareness? Let's show the world what a few crazies can do!
If we concentrate on our donations thru one agency, word of our joint effort is more likely to get out. The creator of this idea suggests the Red Cross, but there are other addresses below for those of you who may not choose to use the Red Cross. The important thing is to send a donation--one dollar or a hundred, whatever you can--and the message "from the Y2K Community." The originator does not want to be named so that the effort will appear to be exactly a united voluntary effort of people networked in common concern for all.
American Red Cross, International Response Fund P.O. Box 37243 Washington, D.C. 20013
American Jewish World Service 989 Avenue of the Americas New York, N.Y. 10018 212-736-2597
1-800-H-E-L-P-N-O-W Spanish speakers: 1-800-257-7575
Baptist World Aid 6733 Curran St. McLean, VA 22101-3804 1-703-790-8980
CARE 151 Ellis St. N.E. Atlanta, GA 30303-2426 1-800-422-7385
Catholic Relief Services P.O. Box 17090 Baltimore, MD 21203-7090 1-800-235-2772
Doctors Without Borders 6 E. 39th. St. New York, N.Y. 10016 1-888-312-0392
Feed the Children P.O. Box 36 Oklahoma City, OK 73101-0036 1-800-627-4556
Lutheran World Relief Church St. Station, P.O. Box 6186 New York, N.Y. 10277-1738 1-800-597-5972
Oxfam America Central America Relief Fund 26 West St. Boston, MA 02111 1-800-77-O-X-F-A-M
Quest for Peace Hurricane Relief Fund P.O. Box 5206 Hyattsville, MD 20782 1-301-699-0042
-- Faith Weaver (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 05, 1998
ps Of course you will want to designate that your donation is for the victims of Hurricane Mitch.
-- Faith Weaver (email@example.com), November 05, 1998.
-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 05, 1998.
Great Idea..will do and circulate...Good Work Faith!
-- Chron (email@example.com), November 06, 1998.
Thank you Faith. I'm sending this out to my own little list too! Who ever thought of this deserves a medal, or a hug.
-- Michael Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 06, 1998.
Faith, This was in our paper today. "Compounding the problem for the groups such as CRS(which you listed), World Vision and others with longtime development projects in the region, is that projects, whick would normally serve as a base of operations for relief efforts, have been destroyed. Communication remains nearly impossible and some relief organizations remain cut off from communities where they have development projects, said World Vision spokesman Angie Bartel. Thee group, which operates 13 projects - including child sponsorships programs - in Honduras, is committing $5-million to relief efforts. We are very, very fearful that we have lost sponsor children and children in the communities. Since we can't get through to our communities it has heightened this fear even more. Three communities with World Vision projects located in the hard-hit northern coastal region of Yoro, Hondoras, have still not been reached. Together the communities consist of an estimated 4,000 children, their families and 20 World Vision staff members. Roads are out, bridges are out. They have no way to reach them. We would be completely lucky if we did not lose children and staff members. For them to be able to rebound from this is going to take years...." Please add World Vision P O Box 9716 Federal Way, WA 98063-9716 PH# (888)511-6565 to the list for relief support and by all means pray for them. I have felt so guilty having time to prepare for our "disaster" and having so much as it is....and yes we have committed to giving to the relief efforts but not just now but for the ongoing months ahead when it no longer is making the headlines. Thanks, Faith for bringing this to the forum. Diana
-- Diana (email@example.com), November 07, 1998.
Faith, Great idea. Mines on the way.
-- Gina Decker (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 08, 1998.