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Keith McCord ReportingDonations for the Tsunami disaster are coming in from around the world. Individual nations are pledging huge amounts, of course, but this disaster is such that everyone seems to want to help in some way-- no matter how big or small.

For example, tomorrow the Utah Broadcasters association will hold it's "Utah Unites" on-air campaign to promote viewers and listeners to donate to the American Red Cross. On just about every radio and TV station tomorrow you'll hear announcers talking about giving.

Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine Restaurant in downtown Salt Lake has set up a couple of small donation boxes. The money collected will be sent to the Thai Consulate in Los Angeles; The Thai Student Association at the U of U is also helping to raise funds. Restaurant owner David Chaisomboon is a native of Thailand; he just wants to help his homeland.

David Chaisomboon, Owner, Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine: “What we are trying to do is do our part in rebuilding their lives. It may not be a lot, we do our part.”

And next Friday, all proceeds from dinner sales will go toward the relief effort.

In Riverton is a fund drive on a much bigger scale. "Stampin Up”, which makes rubber stamps for just about all occasions, is making an immediate donation of $250,000! It'll also donate $5 from each of some rubber stamp kits that are sold.

Shelli Gardner, CEO, Stampin' Up!: “We just felt like, if there is such a need and it’s a desperate need, and it’s now, that why not stretch ourselves?”

And the company is urging other businesses to do join the effort.

Shelli Gardner: “We are. There has to be other companies who can donate, perhaps not this much perhaps more.”

More or less, it really doesn't matter because every dollar counts.

This Saturday, Krispy Kreme will donate a dollar for every dozen donuts sold at 13 different stores.

Shoppers at Smith's can make a donation at the checkout counter as part of their grocery bills. Smith's parent company Kroger will match the donations up to $300,000.

NFL teams have already starting fund-raising activities and will do so again at the stadiums during upcoming playoff games. And the San Francisco Giants are doing a special on-line auction. Throwing out the first pitch on opening day has already gotten more than $8,000 in bids.

5th Graders at Hooper Elementary are collecting dimes, calling their drive, ‘The Power of Ten.’ Tintic High School in Eureka-- all 109 students-- is putting out donation boxes. And a group of people will be riding spin bikes all day on Saturday to raise 10-grand at Gold's Gym. As you can see, there are a lot of ways people are helping.

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