Musicians Harry Connick, Jr., Wynton Marsalis and country music artist Tim McGraw—Louisiana natives all—will be (presumably) performing in a benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims.
Artists with ties to America's Gulf Coast will participate in a live benefit special, "A Concert for Hurricane Relief," to air on Sept. 2 on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC.Any funds raised will go to the Red Cross.
Amazon, however, will not be setting up a donation button for Katrina refugees, even though the online corporation did so for last year’s tsunami victims.
An Amazon spokesperson said that the online retailer had no plans to post a donation link on its site. "Each case is different," she said. "The Red Cross has essentially given over its entire site to donations. The tsunami came out of the blue, so it was an 'all hands on deck' situation, but the Red Cross has been getting ready for this and getting its message out there for several days."Couldn’t Amazon do something on its own? After all, it is Americans who have made the corporation what it is today.
Tell Amazon what you think, one way or the other.
(Thanks to Gerard Vanderleun)
UPDATE: Well. That's what I call a fast turnaround. Here's Amazon's donation page for Hurricane Katrina victims. Well done, Amazon.