The total damage from the flood is over 1 billion euro. Government money has been earmarked to help us clean up, but it's not nearly enough, and most people and businesses don't have insurance that covers natural disasters. That's not anyone's fault- it's standard in Italy, but what it means is that every little bit helps. I know it's Christmas and the economy isn't the best in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, but for those of you who have been to Monterosso al Mare, please try and donate what you can, and pass it along. The memories and moments you experienced in this little slice of paradise won't fade away, and whatever you can give will help us rebuild to the town you so fondly remember.