In 2004, a tsunami hit Southeast Asia causing $10 billion dollars in damage and killing 350,000 people!! In response to this unbelievable tragedy, everyday American citizens donated $2.78 billion dollars for tsunami relief. And I mean everyday Americans. The average donation size was only $135 dollars, and the median donation was $50.
People gave what they could, because they wanted to help.
Let’s put $2.78 billion in perspective because it was 3.5 times more than what the U.S. federal government gave, and it made up 45% of all tsunami relief dollars world wide.
Think about that for a minute…. Everyday Americans… in $50 increments… donated only 500 hundred million less than all of the world’s governments, all of its corporations, all of its foundations, all of the citizens from every other nation COMBINED. (Source: Give A Little: How Your Small Donations Can Transform Our World, Wendy Smith)
A tsunami is made up of billions, trillions, gazillions of individual water droplets. If those droplets dropped out, there would be no tsunami.
Give because you are not just one person giving. You are a droplet in the ocean of humanity that cares. We need you– the individual droplet– to give, because together, we create a tsunami of donations. Together, our tsunami of donations will change the world.