It is one thing to stand on the sidelines and bemoan the mayhem and social disruption in Yugoslavia. It is quite another to try to so something about it.

Collette Tours, one of nine operators that had scheduled packages to Croatia this year in an attempt to reopen that battle-scarred former Yugoslav republic to tourism, is attempting to raise funds for the refugees of Kosovo.

In a challenge to U.S. travel agencies in particular and the tourism industry as a whole, Collette is offering to match contributions dollar for dollar -- up to an aggregate of $50,000 -- to the American Red Cross.

Contributions in the form of checks, which must be received before April 30, should be made out to the American Red Cross Balkan Refugee Relief Fund and mailed to the Red Cross at Box 37243, Washington 20013 (write "Collette Match" on the memo section of the check).

Although $100,000 might seem a drop in the bucket measured against the needs of the bloodied and de-racinated people of Kosovo, we hope Collette's generous gesture will open the floodgates to similar contributions from others.

Closer to home, the Travel Industry Association of America and the National Football League are the title sponsors of a construction project to build 10 homes for poor families in the Little Haiti section of Miami.

The TIA and the NFL have committed $250,000 to the project, which will be carried out by Habitat for Humanity, a national group that utilizes the skills and energies of everyday citizens to create affordable housing. You probably need only look in your own community to see the results of Habitat for Humanity's good works. Construction on the homes will begin during TIA's Pow Wow, starting May 15 in Miami Beach.

Travel Weekly applauds the efforts of Collette Tours and the TIA.

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