Man, I did not want to have to write about the need for charitable donations, but Mother Nature is just not being very maternal.
So far this year, the U.S. has been hit by a near-record number of killer tornadoes that has left almost 100 people dead and their families devastated not only by the property damage, but by the much more costly personal loss of loved ones.
Weather experts say that the 98 tornado-related deaths make 2008 the deadliest year thus far for twisters since 1998 and the seventh deadliest since modern record keeping began in 1950.
We're just now in the prime twister month, and if the outbreaks continue, 2008 could record the most tornadoes since 1950. "We are on a pace that continues a record number" of twisters, said Greg Forbes, severe weather expert at The Weather Channel.
Donations can help: There is nothing we can do to ease the pain of those who've lost family and friend in a natural catastrophe. But we can try to help meet their other post-disaster needs.
If you can spare it, call or go to a relief organization's Web page and make a tax-deductible donation.
If you want to expand your generosity beyond U.S. borders, both nonprofits also are accepting donations to help survivors of Cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar (Burma) a week ago, and the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked southwestern China overnight.