Via Tim Blair, Chuck Simmins has tried to tabulate contributions by American individuals and companies to tsunami relief efforts. His total so far: $169 million.
And that doesn’t even count the aircraft carriers.
UPDATE: The New York Times says:
The huge response from individual donors who want to help victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, spurred in part by a year-end spirit of gift-giving, has stunned officials at the world’s largest private relief agencies.
Many relief agency officials, accustomed to begging for donations after a disaster has hit, called the response “unprecedented.” They said that while no one has tallied all private giving, the numbers reported by individual organizations indicate that the amount will far surpass contributions for previous disasters.