Hey Everyone! Im watching CNN now...and the news makes me sooo sad!! Its really devastating. I've been praying and trying hard to find ways to help! I cant physically go there or i would. With all diasters such as this, i always want to do "something" but i never know what to do... So i've decided to put this together for you all so if you want to help, you'll have options. And for motivation, i've included a giveaway!
First off, my list:
1. Facebook - head to the "Help Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Victims" page.
2. iTunes - head to iTunes home page and follow the link to help donate money to Japan.
3. Check out the HandsOn page: http://www.handsonnetwork.org/node/6130
4. Twitter - Next time a trending retweet is posted onto the newsfeed, be sure to retweet it. This uncomplicated tactic costs no personal money but will give Japan up to $1 for each recirculation. Also, spread awareness using the hashtags #prayforjapan and #japan.
5. Social Media - Spread the word on your social accounts. Tumblr, FriendFeed, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace...and all the others!
Look into these worhty causes: Red Cross, International Rescue Committee, Shelter Box, Convoy of Hope, International Medical Corps.
6. Global Giving has set up a Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and Relief Fund.
7. Just Giving is raising money for ShelterBox to provide emergency shelters and supplies. “Thousands of ShelterBoxes are expected to be needed to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to the families made homeless by the crisis. ShelterBox are appealing for donations to ensure that whenever disaster strikes, they are ready to help those most in need.”
8. The International Medical Corps are putting together relief teams, as well as supplies for Japan. Here’s a link to donate. http://www.internationalmedicalcorps.org/Page.aspx?pid=1970
9. The hard-working canines of the Search Dog Foundation are sending search and rescue dog teams to Japan. http://www.searchdogfoundation.org/98/html/1-deployments/1-2_japan.html
10. The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. At the Salvation Army site you can designate where you want your donation to go. https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/site/c.tvI3IeNUJsE/b.5760419/k.2CB3/Donate_Now/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp?c=tvI3IeNUJsE&b=5760419&en=5oIzGIMjG4LIKSOmH3KFKPMxEoKRLXOxEdKFLRNAIkLRK1NIG
11. Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres says, “Access to the area by land is currently blocked by the flooding caused by the tsunamis. The MSF teams, which are comprised of medical and logistics personnel, will try to reach the area by helicopter.” http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/article.cfm?id=5107&cat=voice-from-the-field
12. Young people can show their support on Facebook with an online Paper Crane Campaign organized by DoSomething.org. They hope to see 100,000 origami crane photos uploaded. http://www.facebook.com/papercranesforjapan
13. From Save The Children:”We are extremely concerned for the welfare of children and their families who have been affected by the disaster. We stand ready to meet the needs of children who are always the most vulnerable in a disaster.” http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6621121/k.3D08/Japan_Earthquake_Tsunami_Relief.htm
14. Donate to IMC - International Medical Corps is mobilizing relief teams and supplies, as well as contacting partners in the area in order to deploy their most effective strategy. They are a group of medical professionals who provide vital health services with a focus on training in order to return devastated populations to self-sufficiency. You can donate online at www.internationalmedicalcorps.org.
15. Donate money, supplies or air miles to Operation USA - Los Angeles-based international relief agency OpUSA is preparing for their efforts in Japan, and are asking for monetary donations from individuals. They are also requesting air miles through United Airlines Charity Miles program. If your employer would like to get involved, corporate donations of bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies are also needed. http://www.opusa.org/news/situation-report-japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-march-15/
16. Donate to MercyCorps - Mercy Corps is working with its longtime partner, Peace Winds, to rush tents, food, water and other relief items to the disaster zone. https://www.mercycorps.org/donate/japan
17. Share Google’s Person Finder tool. Google launched a Japanese-language version to help victims and families locate one another. Check out the Google Response page: http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html
18. Text Opportunities:
•Text “JAPAN” or “TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10- Save the Children Federation, Inc.
•Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10- American Red Cross
•Text “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to donate $10- Salvation Army
•Text “MED” to 80888 to donate $10- Assist International Medical Corps
•Text “SUPPORT” to 85944 to donate $10- ADRA Relief for Japan tsunami victims
•Text “MERCY” to 25283 to donate $10- Mercy Corps
•Text “4JAPAN” or “4TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10- World Vision, Inc.
•Text “TSUNAMI” to 50555 to donate $10- Convoy for Hope
•Text “JAPAN” to 50555 to donate $10- GlobalGiving
•Text “ASIA” or “ASIE“ to 30333 to donate $5- The Canadian Red Cross Society
•Text “QUAKE” to 45678 to donate $10- The Salvation Army in Canada
•Text “GIVE” to 45678 to donate $5- UNICEF
•Text “GIVE” TO 70707 to donate £5- Disasters Emergency Committee
NOW, for the giveaway part:
Ive got two prizes for to winners! To enter, all you need to do is help my spread the word on ways to help! If you have a blog, make a post explaining so things from my list and my giveaway, then add a link back here for your readers. You can also tweet about my list and giveaway and add a link back! A blog post earns you 3 entries and a tweet earns you one. So 4 entries is possible for each person. It would be great if you could tweet and blog! :)
And how about the prizes?? I have 2 so far!! I may add more depending how popular this is!
PRIZE ONE:Traditional Japanese Egg Decorating
PRIZE TWO: Beautiful Paper Flowers