Picking Up The Pieces

If your life seems disastrous, perspective is a click away. Disaster News Network (www.disasternews.com) lives up to its name, covering Asian killer quakes or tornadoes whipping Wisconsin. The name may hint at a site parodying tabloid media, but DNN is a nonprofit ministry that lets journalist-turned-clergyman James E. Skillington blend his two passions.

Sponsored by a dozen religious groups, DNN ties news to links to donate or volunteer. Stan Hankins, a disaster response associate for the Presbyterian Church, says DNN sticks around after big media loses interest--keeping donations and volunteers coming. "People want to be part of a solution rather than simply rubbernecking," Skillington says. Here's their chance.

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