It has only been a few days since news spread of the catastrophic events that forever changed the face of Japan. The Earthquake and Tsunami that hit the country last week took approximately 10,000 lives with damage costs reaching into the billions. The situation is now being described as the greatest disaster in Japan’s history. As the devastating conditions in the country continue to worsen, rescue crews are only able to gain their footing one day at a time. Immediate assistance is needed and the rest of the world is quickly responding.
Below are a few ways to quickly get involved and support the relief efforts so desperately needed by those who have been affected in Japan.
Last year, the American Red Cross was able to raise over $20 million for the Haiti Relief Fund. They are already working hard at raising funds for Japan’s Earthquake Relief. All you have to do is text REDCROSS to 90999. For each text, $10 will be donated. Causes.com is another website associated with the American Red Cross that can be used to make donations from $10 to $500.
A humanitarian site called Explore.org has set up a Facebook page called “Dog Bless You”. For every Facebook user who “Likes” the page, the company will donate $1 to participating organizations involved with helping Japan.
The music application iTunes is also encouraging users to donate anywhere between $5 and $200. All of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.
There are so many ways to get involved right now. The power is in your hands and just at the click of a button. Other sources of valuable information regarding the relief efforts in Japan:
- Mashable.com (Japan Earthquake & Tsunami: 7 Simple Ways to Help)
- Globalgiving.org (Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund)
- Mercycorps.org (Help survivors of Japan’s Earthquake)
- Google.org (Google Crisis Response Project)