The earthquake that came at 3:30 a.m. on April 6th, 2009 at L’Aquila in the region of Abruzzo in Italy, was so strong that it was felt in Rome which is 50 miles away from the epicenter, waking up most of the capitol citizens, and in Naples, and it killed more than 298 innocent people, leaving the nation devastated by he tragedy. But there are ways to help the victims of this earthquake tragedy, both if you are close or far.
If you are in Italy for work or vacation you can donate one Euro by texting at the number 48580 on your cell phone, and two Euros by calling from a landline.
If in Italy you can donate canned foods, diapers, tampons, clothes, blankets or even old cell phones to the victims through different organizations, churches and grocery stores.
You can also visit the Red Cross website in which you can donate and learn more about the fact, and this can be done from far away as well
For the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas there are various Italian-American you can contact different organization; for Dallas there is the Italian Club (www.itcd.org), in Houston the Italian Federation (www.iccchouston.org), San Antonio there is the Cristoforo Colombo society (www.ccis-satx.org) and in Oklahoma there is the Italian American Society of Tulsa (www.italianamericansocietyoftulsa.com). And for any other cities you can contact your local Italian consulate to get more information or to help out.
The above steps are just some of the things you can do to help.