Americans are pledging more than $100,000 an hour to charities aiding tsunami and earthquake victims in Asia, an unprecedented outpouring of generosity, officials report. Actor Sandra Bullock donated $1-million to the Red Cross. City officials in Fargo, N.D., hit by a devastating flood of their own in 1997, gave $10,000 in taxpayer monies. In Denver, 3-year-old Antonio Cabrera and his brothers filled sandwich bags with coins. So what can a heartfelt dollar buy?
_ SUSAN ASCHOFF, Times staff writer
79 cents _ one dose of measles vaccine
$1.90 _ 10 packets of oral rehydration salts to treat diarrhea
$4.35 _ plastic bucket with lid, handle and bottom suitable for carrying on head
$10.35 _ 14-piece aluminum cooking set for a family
$11.40 _ family hygiene kit with soap, toothbrushes, toilet paper, wash basin and other supplies
$20 _ fishing kit with net, poles, hooks and line
$23 _ construction kit with tools, lumber, cement and other supplies
$35 _ two high-energy meals for 200 children
$46 _ emergency shelter kit with plastic sheeting, pegs and rope
$170 _ a boat, for transportation or fishing
$188 _ school-in-a-box kit with educational supplies for 80 children
$190 _ rice, beans, vegetable oil and other staples for one month for four families
$250 _ one trip by large truck to transport people to safe environment
$500 _ medical kit with drugs, dressings and supplies to treat 1,500 patients for three months
$1,057 _ one large tent to house medical clinic or hospital
$1,250 _ construction or rehabilitation of a basic school
$4,104 _ 45,000-liter water tank with capacity to meet needs of 3,000 people a day
$5,000 _ 20 community service staffers for one month
$190,000 _ plane filled with emergency drinking water and sanitation systems
Note: Prices are approximate, depending on costs on-site and economies of scale. Some quoted costs were achieved by dividing totals to obtain cost per family or individual. Costs listed in British pounds have been converted to dollars at the rate of 1 pound equals $1.90.
Sources: Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam International, American Red Cross, CARE, UNICEF, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, wire reports.