Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Happy International Women's Day


Do not forget to honor the women in your lives for International Women's Day! Start with flowers and go from there. Which reminds me, have to get some for the dynamite women in my life, albeit two days late. For more on International Women's day, go here.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Earthquake in Chili


From Salsa Aficionado:

I try to refrain from sending out too many messages, but I wanted to send this one out... Thanks for all your help.

As you know, an 8.8 earthquake struck Chile Friday night, making it one of the powerful earthquakes to strike the Earth in more than a century. Numerous tsunamis and aftershocks of 6.0 and higher followed the initial destructive quake throughout the weekend. Over 700 deaths have been reported (thus far) as nearly half-million buildings were destroyed in the quake. Untold numbers are missing and nearly 2 million people are displaced, injured or directly affected.

1. American Red Cross — the American Red Cross International Response Fund helps victims of crises such as the Chile and Haiti earthquakes. If you wish to designate your funds to a specific crisis, you’ll need to mail in your donation.

2. Americares — funds go exclusively to the Chilean earthquake (and tsunami relief, should further tragedies occur)

3. Google Crisis Response, with channels benefiting UNICEF and DirectRelief International
– use your Google Checkout account to donate instantly to these charities

4. World Vision Disaster Response Fund - your money goes towards relief efforts for global disasters worldwide (not Chile specifically)

For those who want to text a donation
(As with the Haitian relief efforts, the Mobile Giving Foundation has launched a text messaging campaign for micro donations, and the four major U.S. mobile carriers, Verizon, At&T, Sprint and T-mobile, have waived text messaging fees for donations).

• Text “4CHILE” to 50555 to donate $10 to support Chile relief efforts through Convoy of Hope
• Text “CHILE” to 50555 to donate $10 to support Chile relief efforts through the World Program
• Text “CHILE” to 25383 to donate $10 to support Chile relief efforts through Habit for Humanity
• Text “REBUILD” to 50555 to donate $10 to support Chile relief efforts through Operation USA
• Text “CHILE” to 52000 to donate $10 to support Chile relief efforts through the Salvation Army
• Text “CHILE” to 20222 to donate $10 to support Chile relief efforts through World Vision