Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Donate now to the Italy relief effort

The Canadian Red Cross is now accepting donations for the Italian earthquake relief effort ... whether it's that particular NGO or another one of your choice, I urge you to make a donation.

Italy certainly has the resources to rebuild the infrastructure, which damage could easily top €400 million -- for those who have insurance, and the loss to the economy about €3 billion (nearly USD 4 billion) and in the middle of a recession too. But many people there don't have insurance, and even if they do they need temporary shelter and food now as well as just the logistical and emotional support from aid agencies to get through, especially in the high holy days on the Christian calendar. Passover also begins tonight.

So think about them, as we enter into this solemn period on at least two religious calendars.

With that, I will be off the blog -- barring something really weird -- until Monday. Happy Easter and Chag Pesach Sameach.

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