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The images of the tsunami that ripped through south Asia last week are so hard to forget, which helps charities step up their efforts and keeps our attention on the need.

Images of the relief work show bags upon bags, and boxes upon boxes. It may look like the  residents in Asia are getting a lot of donations and relief, but this is just a a tiny fraction of what they need.

Their land is being sanitized to stop diseases from spreading, but they still need to rebuild everything that was washed away in a matter of minutes.

That's why local organizations, like the United Way of the Coastal Empire, are asking for community support in the form of monetary donations.

"A lot of people can go direct or they might not bring [donations] to us, and that's fine," said the organization's Susan Hancock. "But anyone who wants to bring it in or mail it to us, we will forward it to United Way International."

And from there, it will be sent overseas.

The United Way of the Coastal Empire is expecting a big response from the local community, so if you decide you want to donate - make sure you mark your contribution "Disaster Relief." That way, you'll know for sure that it's going to the tsunami victims.

Reported by: Dmitra Denmark,