As you probably know, a staggering 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan. The country is in chaos with thousands missing and the threat of a nuclear disaster. Instead of feeling hopeless, look at these tips to see how you can help Japan.
How to Donate
- If you live in the USA text REDCROSS to 90999 to send $10 to help though the Red Cross. They have relief stations all over the country to help with evacuation and injuries.
- Text MED to 80888 to give $10 to the International Medical Corps
- Donate on NetworkforGood.org . A donation to their website with help MULTIPLE organizations. Like The International Medical Corps who have relief teams and supplies in Japan and Save the Children who have a long term recovery plan for children displaced by the earthquake.
Donating via trusted online charities is the BEST way to help, it gets the money there quickly with skilled professionals making good use of your money.
Products to Support Relief
- Lady Gaga created a We Pray for Japan Bracelet with all proceeds going directly to relief.
- Actor, Joseph Gordon Levitt, runs a collaborative production company online. They are selling HitRECord Buttons with all proceeds going to GlobalGiving.com’s Japan fund.
- Afterzine is donating $5 from every zine bought to earthquake relief. Contributors include bloggers like Tavi and fashion icons like Alexa Chung.
- This Corter Handmade Leather Bracelet is $20 with all proceeds going to the Red Cross
What if you can’t afford to help?
Spreading awareness of this tragedy is key, and you don’t need money to do that.
- Show support with DoSomething.org’s Paper Cranes for Japan drive and post it a crane on facebook.
- If your more Tech savvy, you can help monitor events in the pacific rim
- Global Disaster Relief on Facebook spotlights world disasters like this earthquake to raise awareness in the public.
- Google’s Japan Resource page has easy links to donate, maps, latest news, and numbers to call for missing persons. They have a person finder too if you have any information on someone, or are looking for someone.
- A Wikipedia Article with constantly updating links and information about the earthquake.
Comment with any tips to help!