"The greatest source of America's generosity is not our government," Bush said, "it's the good heart of the American people."According to the International Herald Tribune's Brian Knowlton:
[Jan] Egeland noted that private U.S. donations already appeared set to surpass the $350 million Bush has promised.
That is the second largest donation, after Japan's $500 million, and ahead of the World Bank and Britain. The overall total has reached $2.1 billion.
France, which originally donated €15 million, or $20.5 million, before tripling that amount, said it was further increasing its aid to €48.8 million, and sending two navy ships carrying helicopters, a medical team and an operating room.