Chapter Four

Give What You Can

Doing a thing because you feel wonderful about it—even a work of charity—is in the end a selfish act. We perform the work not to feel wonderful but to know and love the other.

Father Joe Warrillow1

When the devastating tsunami hit Sri Lanka and Indonesia on December 26, 2004, I knew we had to do something to help the people most affected by the disaster. Our long-term partner in responses to situations like this has been FedEx and, within hours of the news, FedEx executives called to say they had cargo planes available to take supplies to the area as soon as we were ready.

Because disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis occur with some regularity, relief agencies know how to react ...

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