— 9:55 AM on December 29, 2004

I've been a little scarce the past few days due to some holiday travel, but I have been watching with dread as the estimated death toll of the southeast Asian tsunamis has skyrocketed. TR reader RoninGyrbill sent along this link to aid organizations accepting donations for relief efforts. The TR crowd has always been a generous bunch, and I can't think of a better cause to support than this one. As I write, death toll estimates are already north of 80,000, but the worst may be yet to come for hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their homes.

If you're having trouble deciding which organization to support, let me recommend WorldVision. I'm no expert on these things, but I worked alongside some folks supported by WorldVision in Uganda years ago, and I can vouch for them as a real aid outfit with people in the field doing good work. Also, has a donation page for the American Red Cross relief efforts, complete with a counter showing a running total of the amount given. That seems to be an easy way to give, and watching the counter go up (just keep reloading) is mind-blowing.

Update: Check out the pictures from coastal Malaysia posted by zapgirl in this forum thread. Amazing.

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