Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Help Japan!

Please help people in Japan who are significantly impacted by the M9.0 earthquake -
We are very grateful that many, many countries and their people all over the world offered their supports, prayers, encouragements and generous donations. 

Here is the list of some of the trusted charities that accept donations to Japan.

American Red Crosshttp://www.redcross.org/  or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone

UNICEF:  http://www.unicefusa.org/

Save the Children:  http://www.savethechildren.org/

International Medical Corps:  http://www.internationalmedicalcorps.org/ or text "MED" to 80888 to donate $10 from your phone

GlobalGiving:  http://www.globalgiving.org/ or text "JAPAN" to 50555 to donate $10 from your phone

Salvation Army:  http://salvationarmyusa.org/ or text 'JAPAN' or 'QUAKE' to 80888 to donate $10 from your phone

Doctors Without Borders:  http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

International Fund for Animal Welfare: http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_united_states/ (Please do not forget animals!!)

Many celebrities are showing their supports, too.

Lady Gaga designed the "Japan Earthquake Relief Wristband" that is available at $5 each at her website.  All proceeds go directly to Japan relief efforts.

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has also designed T-shirts to be sold for relief funds at Music for Relief.  He is currently asking for votes to select which version of his design should be printed.

I believe there are many more charities/organizations that are trying to help us.  It doesn't matter which charities you donate - we all Japanese appreciate your generosity and kindness.

Please be careful with charity scams.  Sadly, some people take advantages of other people's compassion and use these tragedies to make money for themselves.  Please directly go to the trusted organization's website for donation.

Also, please twitter to encourage Japanese people (in your own language) with the hash tags #prayforjapan or #helpjapan

I'll keep adding other organizations as I find.  THANK YOU for your supports!

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