Giving: Too Big a Hand?
In the history of charitable giving there has never been anything like this. Since September 11 when hijacked passenger jets slammed into the World Trade towers, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania, outraged citizens from around the world have deluged relief organizations with donations that now approach $1 billion. By way of comparison, contributions totaled $45 million in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing. Hurricane Andrew attracted $110 million for the American Red Cross, the major charity. "It's multiples of anything that has been dealt with before," says New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.
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