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January 12, 2005
CQ's World Relief Day Set For January 12 (Today!!)

Today's the day, folks! You've all done a wonderful job getting funds to tsunami survivors and their communities, and we've already blown past the $25,000 goal we set earlier. Let's see if we can't push that past $50,000 by the end of today. Thank you all so much!

CQ readers, fellow bloggers, and friends,

We have before us one of the world's greatest natural disasters in terms of lost human life. Over 120,000 now (12/31) have perished, and unless we get immediate and effective assistance to the survivors, many more will die. (1/2: CNN now reports 141,000 dead, and tens of thousands missing.)

Our friends around the world have given of themselves through their governments, and the US has also risen to the challenge. Our government has pledged $35 million to date, as well as ordering thousands of our military personnel and two US Navy task forces to the Indian Ocean region to provide assistance.

However, many people question the ability of capitalist-based economies to show any generosity. Americans, and other Western people, have been judged by the amount of government assistance provided. We've been called "stingy". It's up to us to show that when people control their own resources, we can put it to the best use through our own decisions -- and in fact, we can put it to better, more direct, and more effective use.

At Captain's Quarters, we're declaring January 12th World Relief Day. I ask that CQ readers donate their take-home pay for January 12th to the tsunami relief effort at World Vision. Obviously, we cannot hope to match the funds raised by governments -- but we can show what a handful of determined private individuals can do to help. If you can't afford to donate all of your take-home pay for that day, please donate what you can.

Let's show our friends in Asia that they can count on us to lift them out of danger and destruction, and show the power of the individual to change the world for the better. On behalf of the First Mate and I, I offer you our deepest gratitude.

Addendum: This post will be the one I update as we approach January 12. I will keep pushing it forward while the date approaches. The donation page is open now and people can donate at any time. The reason I decided to take Jeff's suggestion for the 12th is that it's far enough past when the bills come due for people to have some cash handy for the assistance -- but if people want to donate more often, that would be terrific.

For those bloggers who want to link up and promote this event, I will provide links on this post as well! Let's get the word out as widely as possible ...

Note: I'll post daily updates on our goal in the extended entry.

Media Partners

Michelle Malkin

Kevin McCullough

Hugh Hewitt
Radioblogger

Partner Blogs

Fraters Libertas
Shot In The Dark
SCSU Scholars
The Anchoress

National Ledger
Pajama Hadin

One Stack Mind
Media Lies
Everything I Know Is Wrong
Greg's Truth
Old Patriot
Kim's Thoughts And Observations
Kurt Settles
Flopping Aces
Captain Midnight
Slant Point
Pink Flamingo Bar & Grille
Cathouse Chat
PBS Watch

Small Town Veteran

Ho'okahi Hoku
One Star Blog
Watcher of Weasels

What If?
Brainstorming
Okie On The Lam
Logomachon
In The Bullpen
Weapons of Mass Discussion
Power Pundit
Down Deep In Texas
Carol Platt Liebau
Sunny Blog
As The Top Of The World Turns
LaShawn Barber
Around The World In 80 Days
Slubgob
Tapscott's Copy Desk
Mount Virtus
Shock And Blog
NIF
DGCI
The Key Monk
In My Own Little Corner ...
Hyscience
Hello, Chapter 2!
Crystal Clear
Kowabunga
W.B. Young
The Myopist
Redstate
Cold Spring Shops
Proverbs Daily
Flown To The Roll

UPDATE 1/1/05: Wow -- what a start! We've already raised $2,355 towards our goal. Obviously I've underestimated the generosity of the CQ community!

UPDATE 1/2/05: $4,050 now making its way to tsunami victims -- and we're not even 48 hours into the fundraiser! Way to go!

UPDATE 1/3/05: We've blown past the goal and now stand at $5,675! Let's keep it going!

UPDATE 1/3/05 (2nd): We've done so well, I've reset the goal to $25,000. Let's see if we can hit that by the 12th!

UPDATE 1/5/05: We're over $11,000 now -- what a great turnout! Many thanks to all who have donated!

UPDATE 1/6/05: I'm a little behind in adding links -- I promise to catch up today. So far, we've raised $14,323.00!

UPDATE 1/9/05: We're almost to $22,000, thanks to your generous donations!

UPDATE 1/11/05: We blew past the $25,000 mark last night -- thanks to everyone who's donated! Let's see how far we can push this ...

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