January 12th! Today is the day!

And now is the time! The place to go and contribute is HERE.

Aw, now, don’t be coy, you know I’m talking about Captain’s Quarters World Relief Day.

If you really don’t remember, I’ll remind you in the Captain’s own words:

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.

This is a really great idea, and it would say something great about blogs, bloggers and the folks who read them if we can make a good showing. Already, I see the amount pledged as exceeded The Captain’s hopes, but if you haven’t had a chance to donate yet, or if you feel like you could give a little more, please take a second to head over to World Vision and do your thang. Not everyone can give a day’s salary, clearly…but every little bit helps!

And don’t forget, President Bush signed the bill allowing January donations to Tsunami relief to be deducted on your 2004 taxes. If you needed another incentive, there you go! :-)

UPDATE; A BRILLIANT IDEA: A Large Regular says if you have donated all you can, you can still help the cause by heading over to his site and clicking on an Adsense Ad – he will donate all of his Adsense $$ to the cause. Good guy. He has a nice blog, too. I’ll be checking it out again! :-)

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