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Tsunami and Earthquake Aid


Donate money to international relief organizations that provide services, food and medicine. Here are a few, but by no means all, of the organizations providing relief services. The following recommendations come from NCPR, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services and others:

Local Contacts

  • First Baptist Church of Potsdam, 24 Leroy St., Potsdam, NY 13676
  • Catholic Charities, 6866 Rt. 37, Ogdensburg, NY 13669
  • Tupper Lake National Bank has established an account in its branches at 75 Park St. and 3 Main St. in Tupper Lake, 588 Lake Flower Ave. in Saranac Lake, and 519 Rt. 3, Suite 100 in Plattsburgh to accept aid donations for tsunami victims.

Religious Aid Organizations

International Aid Organizations

  • United Nations Children's Fund. Web site: Address: 333 E. 38th St., New York, NY 10016. Phone 1-800-4UNICEF (1-800-486-4233).
  • Doctors Without Borders, an international organization that provides medical help. Web site: Address: Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 1856, Merrifield, VA 22116-8056. Phone: 1-888-392-0392.
  • The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Web site: Address: PO Box 372, CH-1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland.
  • The American Red Cross. Web site: Address: American Red Cross International Response Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Phone: 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish).
  • InterAction, the American Council for Voluntary International Action, lists dozens of international aid organizations, many of them faith-based, that are accepting relief donations for the tsunami/earthquake victims at its Web site, Click on "Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Asia."
  • Oxfam America. Oxfam is sending food and water to help thousands of people affected by the devastating tsunamis that struck coastal areas of several Asian countries. Website:
  • CARE 151 Ellis Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 ph: 404-681-2552 website:


Don't donate food, clothing or any materials. These create what experts often call a second disaster. Relief organizations must pay either to ship or dispose of them. The American Red Cross won't accept these kinds of donations. Relief organizations find it more efficient to buy relief supplies in affected countries, which also helps them economically.

Indonesian man looks out over a bridge at corpses piled up in Banda Aceh. Reuters photo © 2004.