And good for them!
Earlier today, the Dutch government offered the American government assistance in the form of expertise.
Also earlier today, I made a pledge for a national fund raiser. (If only all my wishes were granted this quickly.)
The American government obviously isn't prepared to tackle the current disaster on its own, which is why the relief organizations operating in the affected area need our help. Those organizations are virtually entirely dependent on charity. Some of them even refuse government grants to maintain their independence. However, many Dutch don't have credit cards and are thus unable to donate directly to the American Red Cross if they want to.
To my great relief, the Dutch Red Cross now has offered a solution to this problem. Those of you who want to chip in, can now transfer your contribution to giro 19800.
A few commercials during unsold commercial slots bringing the account number under the attention of a larger audience wouldn't hurt, but hey, it's progress.