07 April 2009

Italian earthquake relief

By now, everyone's pretty aware that a major earthquake struck the Abruzzo region of Italy yesterday. The quake struck in the middle of the night and its epicenter was the medieval fortress town of L'Aquila, but 28 villages surrounding L'Aquila were also deeply affected. So far, more than 200 people have lost their lives and upwards of 50,000 people have been left homeless. This is a tragedy in every sense of the word. If you're moved to make a donation to help out, you can do so through the National Italian American Foundation if you're in the US. The NIAF is a highly reputable organization and they've set up a special section on their website for donations to Abruzzo relief efforts. If you're in Europe or elsewhere in the world, you can make a donation to the Italian Red Cross directly.

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