Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan - How to Help

Eight Things You Can Do To Help: (Updated 3/19/11)

Related Post: List of Reliable Agencies Helping Japan (Updated 3/21/11)
  1. Donate a ShelterBox - Over 492,000 people have been displaced.
  2. Go to Japanese Red Cross Society (page is in English) and click "donate".
  3. Donate to the Red Cross by phone by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999 to add $10 (billed to phone bill).
  4. Donate $10 to American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund online.
  5. Go to Google: Tsunami Relief Links Page and check out the many useful links there.
  6. Go to to find out more.
  7. Go to Peace Winds Japan to find out more.
  8. Join the Support Japan Facebook Event, Another Donation of $500 if we reach 50k people by March 19th, Total $1,000 started by Calvin Do. 

A little background about the Facebook group: Calvin Do initially created this event on March 13th with the pledge that he would donate $.05 for each person who attends, to a capacity of 10,000 people, i.e. $500. But he was stunned when the number of event goers jumped from 81 people on the first day to over 13,000 people on the second day. By midnight, March 15th, $500 was donated to the Salvation Army. Due to the overwhelming growth of this event, he decided to run another event and commit an additional $500 donation towards an organization (to be chosen by majority of a vote later on) towards the aid of Japan. The deadline will not be extended; by the deadline, if the goal does not achieve 40k people, the donation will go to $.01 per total persons.
"In essence, you can pretty much donate to the people affected in Japan for FREE. Absolutely free. How awesome is that? In the past, people might have wondered if they should donate the cash in their pockets. But here...all you have to do is press one button."
Support Japan Facebook Event
--Kit Wu (Facebook user)
Related Posts: List of Reliable International Relief Agencies Working to Help Japan

Map of affected areas from ShelterBox Relief Agency site.

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