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How You Can Help the Earthquake & Tsunami Survivors in Japan

By March 11, 2011

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Japan has experienced a horrific earthquake and tsunami, with thousands of deaths reported so far, tremendous property damage, and a developing crisis at the country's nuclear plants.

Japan needs and has asked for help. Aid groups have sprung into action and need your support.

Here is a list of organizations to which you can donate. We will add to the list as events develop.

  • Red Cross. The Red Cross has called up several groups of volunteers and has disaster relief stations in affected regions. You can help immediately by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10. You can also donate at the Red Cross site or through Causes.com

  • The Salvation Army. You can text the word "Japan" to 80888 to make a $10 donation to support the Salvation Army's relief efforts. A one-time donation will appear on your bill.

  • Global Giving. Donate to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. This project will disburse funds to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. You can also Text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10.

  • Save the Children's Emergency Fund. Save the Children is mobilizing its global resources to respond to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake and its aftermath, and an international emergency team has been dispatched to assist staff in Japan.

  • Network for Good. There are several organizations on the Network for Good list that are mobilizing to help. You can donate right through the Network for Good website.

  • Oxfam Emergency 365. This global charity is mobilizing to help with volunteers and on the ground help in Japan.

  • CARE. CARE has offices in Asia and is preparing an emergency response to the earthquake and tsunami.

  • AmeriCares. AmeriCares emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region.

  • WorldVision. This charity, focused on the welfare of children, has Global Rapid Response Teams in the Asia-Pacific region, ready to respond.

  • MercyCorps. Mercy Corps is accepting donations to help survivors of Japan's earthquake and tsunami through its partner, Peace Winds Japan.

  • At FirstGiving, anyone can help raise money for a variety of nonprofits working on disaster relief for Japan.

  • The blog for Causes.com has listed several organizations to which you can donate through that application,

  • Google has put up the Japan Person Finder which helps victims of the disaster share and access information about loved ones.

Unsure about texting a donation? See How to Text a Donation to Help Japan.

More information about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan:


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March 13, 2011 at 8:55 am
(1) Cauzoom says:

Cauzoom has a project going to send hygiene kits to victims of the tsunami in japan: http://bit.ly/gjT0rw Let’s channel this outpouring of sympathy into something constructive

March 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm
(2) Evelyn Piety says:

Episcopal Relief & Development has set up a Japan Earthquake Response Fund. Donations can be made at http://www.er-d.org/

March 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm
(3) Michael Edgar says:

Please add the Catholic organization Caritas Japan to the list of organiations aiding that stricken nation.

March 17, 2011 at 8:43 am
(4) Marilyn Dyer says:

are any agencies collecting things? I hesitate with money because so much goes to bureaucracy and I know shipping is difficult but there must be a way we can share what we have.

March 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm
(5) K Rolla says:

Bless you! See below…

March 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm
(6) K Rolla says:

Please check all charities with, http://www.charitynavigator.org for detailed info on how they use your dollars, etc. They have a helpful rating system also.
Donate generously!

March 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm
(7) K Rolla says:

PS… check with your employer to see if they have a fund matching program!

July 17, 2011 at 9:32 am
(8) chris says:

Great idea! If employers did this, we could help so much!
I’m going to talk to my boss about it tomorrow!

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