INTERNATIONAL - FlyerTalk Facilitates Red Cross Aid Effort for Earthquake/Tsunami Victims
||:: Late-Breaking News
(Posted: Dec 28, 2004)
Editor's note: For an update on frequent flyer community response to the disaster in Southeast Asia, see the Jan. 5 news article.
An online donation drive to raise funds for the American Red Cross in the wake of the Dec. 26 earthquake-and-tsunami hammering in Southeast Asia is nearing the $10,000 mark less than 24 hours after its activation.
The site, www.flyertalk.com/redcross.php, is part of FlyerTalk Cares, a charity arm of FlyerTalk.com, the world's largest bulletin board/online community of frequent flyers. FlyerTalk is a sister site of InsideFlyer magazine, both of which are under the direction of noted frequent flyer expert Randy Petersen.
FlyerTalk Cares was created immediately after the events of 9/11. Its current reactivation is an effort to harness the goodwill and contributions of the tens of thousands of FlyerTalk.com members, whose donations will all go directly to the Red Cross and whose credit card processing fees will be covered and relayed to the charity directly by Petersen. "This way, 100 percent of a person's donation will reach the Red Cross, instead of having a small percentage lopped off by the credit card companies before ever getting to the group," Petersen said.
Donations made through the FlyerTalk Cares site are tax deductible.
The funds will assist the Red Cross with evacuating and resettling survivors, dispensing first aid, providing emergency relief materials and numerous other tasks involved in the area's recovery.
In addition to monetary aid, FlyerTalk Cares is also encouraging the donation of frequent flyer miles to the Red Cross through its own miles collection site, http://redcross.org/donate/donatemiles.html.
The Web site will be updated regularly to reflect current donation totals.
"All of us at FlyerTalk extend our heartfelt sympathies to the victims," said Petersen, "and applaud each individual's attempt to make a difference in the lives of those affected by this devastation."
posted: Dec 31, 2004 at 1:09am (MT)
Is it possible to donate transportation vouchers to this effort? I have a Delta voucher; Delta tells me they don't know of any such process.
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