Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Japan Update:: 10 Ways To Help Japan 3/16/11

10 Ways To Help Japan

I shutter to think that Japanese children are getting tested for radiation as I write this post. When compassionate people hear about horrific events such as the earthquake/tsunami in Japan, they want to know what they can do to help.
Here is a round-up of 10 organizations aiding in the efforts to help Japan recover:

2. 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.”
3. The International Medical Corps are putting together relief teams, as well as supplies for Japan. Here’s a link to donate.
4. You can make your donation directly to the Red Cross or by texting redcross 90999.
5. The hard-working canines of the Search Dog Foundation are sending search and rescue dog teams to Japan.
6. 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.
7. Share Google’s Person Finder tool. Google launched a Japanese-language version to help victims and families locate one another.
8. 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.”
9. Young people can show their support on Facebook with an online Paper Crane Campaign organized by They hope to see 100,000 origami crane photos uploaded.
10. 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.”
Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer and educator. Ronnie regularly writes about sustainable living for online sites and magazines. Along with being the creator of, Ronnie has contributed to numerous books about green home design, DIY, children, and humor. Ronnie lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with her family.

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