Monday, March 14, 2011

Japan Earthquake Relief

Here are five charities you can donate to for help in relieving the suffering from the 8.9 earthquake in Japan (from Yahoo! News):

Global Giving
With Global Giving, you choose what relief you're interested in donating to, and the organization gets your funds to your cause. If Japan is where you are sending your donation, Global Giving also provides you with updates of what is happening in the region. The Global Giving project for Japan is working with other relief organizations, with a funding goal of $90,000. Donate one time, monthly, or make a gift in memory of a loved one.
Red Cross
When you think of disaster relief organizations, the American Red Cross, founded in 1881 by Clara Barton, probably comes to mind.
You may contribute to the Red Cross on-line or by mail. Companies can look into matching gifts with the Red Cross. If you prefer to call in your donation, you can do that at 1-800-RED-CROSS for English or 1-800 257 7575 for Spanish. Or, you may text REDCROSS to 90999, and $10 will be added to your cell phone bill.
The AmeriCares International Disaster Relief Fund has been working with international disaster relief since 1982. Your donation helps with medicine, medical supplies and other assistance. In addition, as reported at the AmeriCares website, "Your gift will only be used to support our work at times of an international disaster."
The focus of UNICEF is children around the world. They work in over 150 countries and help support children with "health care and immunizations, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more." Americans can send in their financial support for the Japan earthquake online or by mail.
International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps focuses their efforts on "saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs," globally.
Nancy Aossey, President and CEO of International Medical Corps released a statement, "We are putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. While Japan has a large capacity to manage a disaster of this scale, we will respond as needed."
Please consider making even a small donation to one or more of these worthy relief organizations. When humanity is on the line, it's up to all of us to help out.