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Jun 22, 2004
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I've posted this on other forums, but got some mixed answers. Anyone know of an organization that accepts clothing & linens for the Tsunami disaster relief? I plan on making a monetary donation along w/some health care items, but cleaned out my closet & wanted to donate the items to survivors instead of Goodwill or the Salvation Army.


Jul 7, 2004
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Originally Posted by keaLoha I've posted this on other forums, but got some mixed answers. Anyone know of an organization that accepts clothing & linens for the Tsunami disaster relief? I plan on making a monetary donation along w/some health care items, but cleaned out my closet & wanted to donate the items to survivors instead of Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

I've read that the best way to help the tsunami victims is by making a monetary donation to a relief organization like the Red Cross, Unicef, Oxfam etc. They then purchase the most urgently needed items to distribute. Apparently it is more expensive to ship goods internationally, so relief organizations instead buy things like clothes from local Asian suppliers.


Chris Coe, Oxfam’s Director of Trading, said: “It’s fantastic that people are being so generous and I urge them to take any good quality donations to their local Oxfam shop where we can turn them into cash which will be put to the best possible use to help the people who need it most. If you can donate time, our shops urgently need volunteers to help.â€

Oct 22, 2003
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Huntington Beach, CA
Here is the best I can do for info:

As the death toll in the South-East Asian earthquake/tsunami tops one hundred thousand, we would like to encourage all our visitors to make a donation to the appeal for aid to help the relief efforts in the affected countries.

Please donate as much as you can, as quickly as you can. If large amounts of aid do not reach the affected areas soon the number of fatalities could become even more appalling through the spread of disease. The UN estimates that billions of dollars will be needed and it would seem that our governments can so far only bring themselves to donate small numbers of millions.

Many charities and aid organizations are now operating a donation scheme, and donations can be made easily, quickly and securely over the web.

Anyone can donate online through the Disasters Emergency Committee and UK tax payers can also tick a box to allow the recipient to reclaim the tax from the government via Gift Aid.

Here is a list of some other aid organizations who can take your donation.​
The Disasters Emergency Committee - www.dec.org.uk - is an umbrella group of UK aid organisations - including ActionAid, British Red Cross, Oxfam - working to provide clean water, food and shelter to thousands. To call from the UK dial 0870 60 60 900.

The United Nations World Food Programme - www.wfp.org - is seeking donations to feed victims of the earthquake.

Medecins Sans Frontieres - www.msf.org - is sending aid workers to the region, focusing on medical care for survivors and displaced people after the rescue operations.

The United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef - www.unicef.org.uk - is working to meet the "urgent needs of hundreds of thousands of people" affected by the tsunami disaster.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR - www.unhcr.ch - which has been helping victims of conflicts in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, is delivering relief supplies to tsunami survivors in both countries.

Save the Children - www.savethechildren.org.uk - has already flown a plane out to Sri Lanka carrying plastic sheeting for temporary shelter, tents to run children's services from, and essentials such as clothing and cooking utensils.

Anti-poverty organisation Care International - www.care.org - has already provided food for thousands of affected people in Sri Lanka.

Cafod, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development - www.cafod.org.uk - is working with partners across Asia to provide shelter, food aid and medical assistance, and assessing what further relief is needed.

The Red Cross, and its sister charity the Red Crescent, is supplying blankets, cooking utensils and other crucial goods. It has had to set up a new site - www.ifrc.org - because of the unprecedented demand from people wanting to make donations.

The Hindu Forum Disaster Relief Task Force - www.hinduforum.org - comprises 50 organisations and is raising money, clothes and medicines. Donations can be made online or by calling the ISKCON Disaster Appeal on 01923 856848 or Sewa International on 0116 261 0303.

Christian Aid - www.christianaid.org.uk - has already allocated £250,000 from its emergency fund to help the victims of this disaster but says more money is needed.

Christian charity Tearfund - www.tearfund.org - and its partners in Sri Lanka and India are helping devastated fishing communities and coastal villages get back on their feet.

Islamic Relief - www.islamic-relief.com - has also launched an appeal to provide medical supplies, tents and sanitation facilities for those affected.

The Islamic Aid Emergency Relief Fund - www.islamicaid.org.uk - aims to provide immediate relief and long-term support to people in the affected areas.

Another Islamic charity, Muslim Hands - www.muslimhands.org- is collecting money and sending volunteers to help in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Medair - www.medair.org - is providing emergency support to agencies with a long term presence in Sri Lanka and its medical experts are assessing the likelihood of malaria and diarrhoea.

World Vision - www.worldvision.org.uk - has also launched an appeal and has already delivered relief goods to thousands.

Concern - www.concern.net - is working with local partners to meet the needs of families in the devastated coastal villages of Tamil Nadu, the worst affected state in India.

The International Rescue Committee - www.theirc.org - is providing emergency supplies and materials to "people most affected by the crisis".

The Salvation Army - www.salvationarmy.org.uk has local teams working in a number of affected areas and is sending a team from its international headquarters on Wednesday evening.

Muslim Aid - www.muslimaid.org - has already donated £100,000 towards the purchase of food, clothing and medicine in the region but wants to raise more.

Action Aid - www.actionaid.org - is the biggest charity working in south India. It is focusing its relief work on the coast of Tamil Nadu, where 7,000 people died. It is working on providing medical assistance and sanitation for the survivors.

Asia Quake Relief Appeal UK, a UK-based Sri Lankan organisation, is also raising money and can be emailed at [email protected]

Hope this Helps!

Originally Posted by keaLoha

I've posted this on other forums, but got some mixed answers. Anyone know of an organization that accepts clothing & linens for the Tsunami disaster relief? I plan on making a monetary donation along w/some health care items, but cleaned out my closet & wanted to donate the items to survivors instead of Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

Oct 22, 2003
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Huntington Beach, CA
Here is another


Originally Posted by keaLoha

I've posted this on other forums, but got some mixed answers. Anyone know of an organization that accepts clothing & linens for the Tsunami disaster relief? I plan on making a monetary donation along w/some health care items, but cleaned out my closet & wanted to donate the items to survivors instead of Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

Oct 22, 2003
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Huntington Beach, CA

Action Against Hunger247 West 37th Street

New York, NY 10018

(212) 967-7800


ADRA InternationalAsia Tsunami Crisis Fund

12501 Old Columbia Pike

Silver Spring, MD 20904

(800) 424-ADRA (2372)


Air Serv International6583 Merchant Place, Suite 100

Warrenton, VA 20187

(540) 428-2323


American Friends Service Committee1501 Cherry Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 241-7060


American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc.JDC-South Asia Tsunami Relief

P.O. Box 321

847A Second Avenue

New York, NY 10017

(212) 885-0832


American Jewish World Service45 West 36th Street, 10th Floor

New York, NY 10018

(800) 889-7146


American Red CrossInternational Response Fund

P.O. Box 37243

Washington, DC 20013

(800) HELPNOW (435-7669)


American Refugee CommitteeTsunami Relief

430 Oak Grove Street, Suite 204

Minneapolis, MN 55403

(612) 872-7060


AmeriCares88 Hamilton Ave.

Stamford, CT 06902

(800) 486-4357


Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT)Tsunami Fund

6810 Tilden Lane

Rockville, MD 20852

(301) 984-0217


ARMDI, Israeli Red CrossTsunami Emergency Fund

888 7th Ave.

Suite #403

New York, NY 10106

(866) 632-2763


Baptist World AidAsia Tidal Waves

405 North Washington St.

Falls Church, VA 22046

(703) 790-8980


B'nai B'rith InternationalB'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund

2020 K St. NW

7th Floor

Washington, DC 20006

(212) 490-3290


Brother's Brother Foundation1200 Galveston Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15233

(412) 321-3160


CARE151 Ellis Street, NE

Atlanta, GA 30303-2440

(800) 521-CARE (2273)


Catholic Relief Services209 West Fayette St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

(877) HELPCRS (435-7277)


Christian Children's FundChild Alert Fund

P.O. Box 26484

Richmond, VA 23261

(800) 776-6767


Christian Reformed World Relief CommitteeSouth Asia Earthquake

2850 Kalamazoo Ave. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49560

(800) 55CRWRC (552-7972)


Church World ServiceP.O. Box 968

Elkhart, IN 46515

(800) 297-1516


Concern Worldwide, US104 East 40th Street, Suite 903

New York, NY 10016

(212) 557-8000


Direct Relief International27 South La Patera Lane

Santa Barbara, CA 93117

(805) 964-4767


Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans FrontieresP.O. Box 2247

New York, NY 10116-2247

(888) 392-0392


Episcopal Relief and DevelopmentSouth Asia Relief Fund

815 Second Avenue

New York, NY 10017

(800) 334-7626


Food for the HungryAsia Quake Relief

1224 E. Washington St.

Phoenix, AZ 85034

(800) 2HUNGERS (248-6437)


Habitat for Humanity International Asia Tsunami Response Fund 121 Habitat St

Americus, GA 31709

(229) 924-6935


Heart to Heart International401 S. Clairborne

Suite 302

Olathe, KS 66062

(888) 800-4327


International Aid17011 W. Hickory

Spring Lake, MI 49456

(800) 968-7490


International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesP.O. Box 372

CH-1211 Geneva 19


+41 (22) 730 4222


International Medical CorpsTsunami Emergency Response

1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300

Santa Monica, CA 90404-1950

(800) 481-4462


International Orthodox Christian CharitiesP.O. Box 630225

Baltimore, MD 21263-0225

(877) 803-4622


International Relief TeamsAsia Earthquake/Floods

3547 Camino Del Rio South, Suite C

San Diego, CA 92108

(619) 284-7979


International Rescue CommitteeP.O. Box 5058

Hagerstown, MD 21741-9874

(877) REFUGEE (733-8433)


Latter-Day Saint CharitiesWelfare Services Emergency Response

50 East North Temple Street, Room 701

Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-6800

(801) 240-3544


Lutheran World ReliefSouth Asia Tsunami

700 Light St.

Baltimore, MD 21230

(410) 230-2700


MAP InternationalP.O. Box 215000

Brunswick, GA 3121-5000

(800) 225-8550


Mercy CorpsSoutheast Asia Earthquake

Dept. W

P.O. Box 2669

Portland, OR 97208

(800) 852-2100


Mercy-USA for Aid and DevelopmentTsunami Disaster Relief

44450 Pinetree Drive, Suite 201

Plymouth, Michigan 48170-3869

(800) 556-3729


Northwest Medical TeamsP.O. Box 10

Portland, OR 97207-0010

(503) 624-1000


Operation USA8320 Melrose Avenue, Ste. 200

Los Angeles, CA 90069

(800) 678-7255


Oxfam AmericaAsia Earthquake Fund

P.O. Box 1211

Albert Lea, MN 56007-1211

(800) 77OXFAM (776-9326)


Plan USAAsia Disaster

155 Plan Way

Warwick, RI 02886

(800) 556-7918


Project Concern InternationalAsia Tsunamis Press List

5151 Murphy Canyon Road Suite 320

San Diego, CA 92123

(858) 279-9690


Project HOPEAsia Tsunami Response

255 Carter Hall Lane

Millwood, VA 22646

(800) 544-4673


Relief International11965 Venice Blvd. 405

Los Angeles, CA 90066

(800) 572-3332


Save the ChildrenAsia Earthquake/Tidal Wave Relief Fund

54 Wilton Road

Westport, CT 06880

(800) 728-3843


SAWSO (Salvation Army World Service Office)South Asia Relief Fund

615 Slaters Lane

Alexandria, VA, 22313

(800) SALARMY (725-2769)

Stop Hunger NowSE Asia Crisis

2501 Clark Ave, Suite 200

Raleigh, NC 27607

(888) 501-8440


UMCORAdvance #274305, South Asia Emergency

475 Riverside Drive

Room 330

New York, NY 10115

(212) 870-3815


US Fund for UNICEF333 East 38th Street

New York, NY 10016

(800) 4UNICEF (486-4233)


World Concern19303 Fremont Ave. N

Seattle, WA 98133

(800) 755-5022


World Emergency Relief2270-D Camino Vida Roble

Carlsbad, CA 92009

(760) 930-8001


World Hope InternationalAsia Relief

P.O. Box 96338

Washington DC 20090

(888) 466-4673


World ReliefSE Asia Earthquake/Tsunamis

7 E. Baltimore St.

Baltimore, MD 21202

(443) 451-1900


World VisionP.O. Box 70288

Tacoma, Washington 98481-0288

(888) 56CHILD (562-4453)


Originally Posted by keaLoha

I've posted this on other forums, but got some mixed answers. Anyone know of an organization that accepts clothing & linens for the Tsunami disaster relief? I plan on making a monetary donation along w/some health care items, but cleaned out my closet & wanted to donate the items to survivors instead of Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

Apr 20, 2004
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I got this email from a friend...........

Subject: Fw: Southeast Asia Disaster


> A member of the Heller Administration sent this out and I thought his

> advice made a lot of sense... For those of you planning to give, this

> might help you decide how to go about it.

> Subject: Southeast Asia Disaster


Oxfam estimates that

> the death toll from

> the event itself will top 120,000 and the World Health Organization

> estimates today

> that an additional 80,000 may die from outbreaks of gastroenteric

> diseases caused

> by poor sanitation.


> There are some lessons the disaster response community has learned

> over the

> years. Here is a quick listing:


> 1. Send cash. Every seaport and airport in the region will quickly


> jammed with

> relief supplies, many of them of marginal value at best. The airport

> at Colombo, Sri

> Lanka is already nearly paralyzed. Cash is needed by relief agencies

> to purchase

> needs locally (e.g. clothing). They do this to bolster local

> economies rather than

> hurt them with imported supplies. Where supplies are not available

> (e.g.

> medicines), they are purchased abroad and flown in by the military or

> at significant

> expense.


> 2. Contribute for reconstruction and development, not just relief.

> The emergency

> period will be over in the next couple of weeks. Many of these

> needs are being

> met by international organizations, donor countries, and by the

> thousands of local

> volunteers. While the emergency needs are great, even greater, far

> greater, will be

> the need for funds with which to help rebuild communities and

> livelihoods.

> Unfortunately, many of the relief agencies that flood into countries

> after major

> disasters do not stay beyond the emergency period. It is important


> earmark

> funds for reconstruction and development in the affected communities

> and to select

> agencies that will be there for the long haul.


> 3. Select agencies that know the countries. Many of the relief

> agencies that are

> listed or advertising for contributions have never set foot in the

> affected countries.

> Unless they are very specialized agencies (e.g. Doctors Without

> Borders), many

> will waste time and money trying to figure out how to operate. The

> best chance to

> help is to support those organizations with local offices already

> operational.


> 4. Consider local organizations. Most Americans will prefer to

> contribute to known

> US or European organizations. That is fine. If you wish, you can

> contribute directly

> to local organizations in the countries affected. The difficulty

> however is knowing

> which organizations are reliable and efficiently getting the money to

> them. Most do

> not have Internet sites set up for contributions like the major US

> and European

> agencies. Sending checks or wiring funds is unreliable to many

> affected countries.

> Where you can contribute directly, the money will go a long way

> though you will not

> get a US tax deduction for it.


> 5. Most importantly, contribute to organizations that aim to lessen

> vulnerability, not

> just help rebuild poverty. While rich tourist beach hotels were also

> affected, a large

> percentage of those affected are poor people living on flood plains,

> poor fishing

> communities, or coastal slums. It is not enough to help people

> rebuild shanties.

> Every "natural" disaster is also an opportunity to help communities

> lessen their

> vulnerability. The most progressive international relief agencies

> (e.g. the Oxfams,

> American Friends Service Committee, Mennonite Central Committee,

> etc.) know

> the conditions that bred such vulnerability and will work with local

> government and

> people to change those conditions. I will append a list of suggested

> agencies to

> this letter.


> Please let me know if I can help you in any way to make a meaningful

> contribution.

> Please feel free to forward this letter to others if it is useful.


> I wish all of you a Happy New Year. May the new year bring solace


> justice to

> the affected families.


> ****************************

> Here is a short list of relief and development agencies that I know

> well and

> recommend.


> Oxfam America and Oxfam UK. International NGOs working in several of

> the

> affected countries. Oxfam UK has had a field office in eastern Sri

> Lanka for many

> years. You can contribute on-line at www.Oxfam.org.uk. If you wish


> US tax

> deduction, contribute to Oxfam America at www.oxfamamerica.org.


> Doctors Without Borders. International NGO working in Indonesia and

> may extend

> operations to other countries. You can contribute on-line at

> www.msf.org/


> Sarvodaya. Sri Lankan NGO with a vast network in the affected

> communities. We

> have just set up an internet site for donations. Go to

> www.sarvodaya.org. Of all Sri

> Lankan organizations, I highly recommend Sarvodaya.


> Mennonite Central Committee. US NGO working in Sri Lanka. You can

> contribute

> on-line at www.mcc.org/


> Other reputable organizations include CARE and Catholic Relief

> Services.


> Five Questions to Ask Before you Give


> Here are five simple questions to ask any aid organization before you

> give. Since

> aid agencies are inundated with phone calls, I have included above a

> much

> abbreviated list of organizations that I trust.


> 1. Has the organization worked in the affected countries before?

> Hundreds of

> organizations in the US collect funds after major disasters. Many do

> not have the

> on-the-ground experience that is critical for timely and wise

> utilization of the funds.

> Many show up in devastated nations and are not familiar with local

> organizations,

> customs or terrain. They will flounder. The best organizations to

> which to

> contribute are those who were operational in the country before the

> disaster. The

> exception to this would be specialized organizations like Doctors

> Without Borders.


> 2. Will the organization merely contribute your funds to another aid

> group?

> Constituencies often contribute funds through their own channels


> collect and

> transfer the funds to operational organizations. If you use such

> channels, be sure

> that no overheads are deducted for such pass-through grants.

> Overheads are

> legitimate when an organization is directly involved in fielding

> staff or materials.


> 3. Will the organization stay in the affected country after the

> emergency period?

> Believe it or not, most private aid organizations leave about the

> same time the

> cameras do. The emergency period is short, but the period for

> reconstruction is

> very long and much more costly. It will be years before the millions

> of people made

> homeless will be housed decently and their communities and

> livelihoods made

> whole again.


> 4. What experience does your organization have in development? Many

> organizations can provide building materials. But the aim is not to

> rebuild poverty,

> but to work with local communities to attain a higher standard of

> living. Expatriate

> organizations need to be able to work with local government and

> communities

> alike, speak their languages, understand their cultures, and

> patiently help them

> plan. The best organizations to which to contribute are those with


> understanding of the causes of vulnerability and poverty.


> 5. Will your organization permit you to earmark your contribution? No

> matter how

> small your contribution may be, it is important that you earmark it

> for long-term

> development in the affected communities of one or more of the

> countries. Despite

> what they say now about the need, the capacity of local institutions

> to absorb all aid

> funds quickly is quite limited. Earmarking encourages the aid

> organization to

> begin now to make long-range plans. It also lets the organization

> know that you

> prefer that your funds are wisely spent over a longer period than

> hastily spent on

> efforts that may be duplicating those of others.


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