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Simple Ways To Help Japan Victims

I am grateful and feel blessed to have my family, my health, my home and my life.  Unfortunately for many families in Japan, this is not the case and they are dealing with some very difficult situations.  It gives us once again an opportunity to come together as a world community and support those families that have been less fortunate than ourselves.

Instead of re-inventing the wheel, I have provided some simple ways Mashable's website has provided for us to make a difference (Thank You Mashable).  I trust you'll take action and choose to be of support to those that have been less fortunate than ourselves.  Thank you in advance for anything you do.

Every little bit counts. Here are a few ways you can help the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami:

San Diego Local Options

I know there are the general options to donate and help Japan Victims.  But one of the questions I've been asked lately, are there local venues where we can donate our time and our resources.  The answer is yes....here are a few of them:

Basic Options

1. Text to Donate

The American Red Cross has once again launched a texting campaign to raise money for relief efforts in the Pacific region. Last year, the Red Cross was able to raise over $20 million for Haiti relief through simple text donations.

If you would like to donate to the American Red Cross for Japan Earthquake Relief, just text REDCROSS to 90999. Each text will provide $10 towards the Red Cross’s humanitarian efforts.

2. Donate via Facebook

The Red Cross has also launched a campaign on Causes to raise at least $25,000 for relief efforts. By logging in to Facebook, you can donate anywhere from $10 to $500 to help Tsunami victims and their families.

As of publishing time, the Causes campaign has raised over $40,000 from over 1,000 donors and 3,000 promoters.

3. Buy Virtual Goods

Virtual sweet potatoes and the Japanese Tsunami may not seem related, but buying digital crops could help children affected by the earthquake.

Zynga, known for its effective social good campaigns, has partnered with Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Emergency Fund to get its users to donate money through the purchase of virtual goods in CityVille, FrontierVille, FarmVille and its other games.

100% of the proceeds from the purchase of sweet potatoes in CityVille, radishes in FarmVille or kobe cows in FrontierVille will go towards Save the Children’s efforts to provide relief in the Pacific. The world’s largest social gaming company is shooting to raise $2 million for relief efforts.

Zynga has raised millions of dollars over the last few years with these types of social good campaigns, most notably for the relief efforts in Haiti.

4. Embed Some Code

If you run a website and want to get your customers or users involved in relief efforts, all you need to do is embed a simple snippet of code.

The Hello Bar places a simple message at the top of your website with just a few lines of code. The service, which is in private beta, has decided to open its doors to anybody willing to help the victims of the crisis in Japan.

Simply sign up with the invite code “helpjapan” and you can quickly get the code snippet you need to embed a customized Hello Bar that will drive donations. Check out our full article for more instructions on how to add the donation bar to the top of your website.

5. “Like” a Facebook Page

The people over at Explore.org are donating $1 for every “Like” of the “Dog Bless You” Facebook page, up to $100,000.

Explore.org founder Charlie Weingarten delivered the challenge at South by Southwest yesterday. “Search and rescue dogs are a critical resource for emergency situations,” he told the audience.

6. Ways to Help on Twitter

Harness the power of your Twitter account to do some good for the people of Japan.

Earlier this morning, Twitter published a blog post detailing ways you can help with the relief efforts. Not only have they updated Japan’s mobile website with the latest information on the disaster, but they have also published a list of hashtags to tweet and/or follow related to the crisis.

Here are some key hashtags to remember:

  • #Jishin: focuses around general earthquake information
  • #Anpi: a hashtag for the confirmation of the safety of individuals or places
  • #Hinan: Evacuation information
  • #311care: a hashtag regarding medical information for the victims
  • #PrayforJapan: A general hashtag for support and best wishes for victims of the crisis

7. Donate via iTunes

Apple is also dedicating resources to the crisis in Japan. They have created a simple donation page in iTunes [iTunes link] that makes it simple to donate anywhere from $5 to $200 to the Red Cross with just a few clicks.

Additional Donation Options

  • For Americans:

    "The American Red Cross is accepting online donations for disaster relief efforts. You can call 800-RED-CROSS to donate by phone.You can also donate $10 to the Red Cross by sending a text message with the word "REDCROSS" at 90999. The donation will be charged to your next wireless phone bill.As an incentive to donate, American Airlines is offering 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for donations of $50 or more and 500 AAdvantage miles for donations of $100 or more to the American Red Cross." source
  • Directly donate to the Red Cross in Japan via this Google page:
  • google.co.jp
    A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami. On this page we are providing the information regarding the disaster and damage with realtime updates. The large earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for countries all around the Pacific ocean. to leave a message to listen to the message Japan Meteorological Agency Tsunami Warnings/Advisories Nuclear and Industrial Safety Age...
  • Red Cross Newsroom, updated regularly:
  • newsroom.redcross.org
    – We appreciate the outpouring of support from the public in response to this event. At this time, the American Red Cross is not accepting volunteers for Japan relief efforts. We encourage all those who are seeking to volunteer with the Red Cross to contact their local chapter to find opportunities to help in their local communities. – Our hearts go out to the people of Japan and the other survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. Right now, we are in discussions with the Japanese Red Cross t...
  • Give on iTunes:
  • macstories.net
    As noted by 9to5mac, Apple has enabled an option in the iTunes Store to donate to the American Red Cross for the Japan relief fund. If you want to make your donation to the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, you can by visiting this page and choosing to donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200. Everything happens through the iTunes account you already have — a clever move to make donations easy and just a click away for iTunes users. 100% of your donation will go to the American Red Cros...
  • Give using Paypal:
  • https:
    Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief. Support a cause you care about. Donate with PayPal
  • Give on Amazon:
  • amazon.com
    On March 11, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The earthquake triggered a tsunami that has swept over cities and farmland in the northern part of the country. The American Red Cross will provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those in need.
  • Give on Groupon:
  • Donate to support tsunami and earthquake relief in Japan and other affected areas. http://bit.ly/fsCAc4

  • groupon.jp
  • Salvation Army Japan donation page:
  • Donate Now - Salvation Army World Services
    You are donating to The Salvation Army's Disaster relief efforts in Japan. If you wish to make a general donation to your local Salvation Army, please click here. As people in Japan recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami, The Salvation Army is working tirelessly to assist them every step of the way. The Salvation Army in Japan immediately dispersed teams following the disaster to the most severely affected areas where they are distributing basic necessities to survivors. These t...
  • For those in Japan, there is a good collection of donation methods here.
  • r.nanapi.jp
  • Tokyo city now accepting donations for quake victims from residents
    Tokyo city now accepting donations for quake victims from residents
  • @TimeOutTokyo says: Non-credit card donations, within Japan, can be made via NGO Jen. Instructions are in Japanese. Information on how to donate at Lawson has been updated on this page. RT @marky_mc Also found this if you want to donate in Japan but don't have a credit card (UFJ link).

    @RanMagazine in Nagoya says they're taking donations via paypal.
  • For the U.K.
  • redcross.org.uk
    Please make a donation to the Japan Tsunami Appeal to help those affected.
  • uk.emb-japan.go.jp
    We would like to express our deep gratitude for your warm sympathy and kind assistance. If you wish to send donations through the British Red Cross, please refer to the following website: http://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Make-a-single-donation/Japan-Tsunami-Appeal You can also make a direct donation to the Japanese Red Cross Society via one of the two bank accounts shown below. In this case too, please note that, if you choose this method, the normal bank commission for converting your ...
  • For Canadians:
  • redcross.ca
    (OTTAWA, March 11, 2011) – The Red Cross is responding to a powerful 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan overnight. The earthquake, the worst in Japan’s history, has triggered a tsunami warning across 20 countries along the Pacific coast. The Red Cross response was immediate. Local volunteers have been working around the clock to support emergency response efforts including evacuation, search and rescue and emergency first aid. The Canadian Red Cross is monitoring the situation closel...
I hope you are having a good weekend !

JNHS kids started a relief effort for Japan.  Today they went door-to-door to ask for donation and next weekend they will stand in front of several supermarkets.  The money goes to Red Cross in Japan. (Nissan will match the money we raise)

Many of you asked me how you can help.  Thank you so much !!  If you would like to donate money, please email me and I'll send a student during homeroom this week.
JNHS thinks the money we raise at SDA should go directly to the middle schools the January exchange students go to.

Also, the exchange students who were here in March and JNHS kids are working together to send messages to the earthquake/Tsunami victims.  If you are interested in joining us, let me know.

Lastly, this is a message from Encinitas Sister City Program

"Many in this community have expressed interest in providing some sort of financial assistance for the Japanese relief efforts and in directing that support to the appropriate Japanese relief agencies. I have been in contact with our sister city of Amakusa and have expressed our desire to provide assistance. They are moved by our generosity and have agreed to direct whatever financial assistance we provide to the appropriate Japanese relief agencies.  So should you desire, you may direct any donations for the Japanese relief efforts to:

City of Encinitas
c/o Encinitas Sister City Program
505 S. Vulcan Avenue
Encinitas, CA 92024

Please make checks payable to the City of Encinitas. You may also stop by my office any time to make a donation. Donations will be accepted from now through April 8.
Michael C. Stauffer
Senior Analyst
505 S. Vulcan Avenue
Encinitas, CA92024
(760) 633-2743
Thank you !!

Rie Tsuboi
Japanese Teacher
San Dieguito High School Academy
760-753-1121 Ex. 5091

Hi Leo,

I have been getting your newsletter forever and appreciate them.  I was wondering if you could also help spread the news of a fundraiser for Japan I am part of.  Its a group of moms that started in 2004 with the Asian tsunami, and this will be our 4th event, we are called Moms on a Mission.  We have raised between 21-22k for disaster relief, with one day cash and carry rummage sales.  Our next event is Saturday, April 2nd from 7am-noon.  We are accepting donations on Friday April 1 from 4-8 pm.  Event is being held at Fellowship of SD, 4353 Park Blvd SD.  We need shoppers, donations and volunteers.  Please check out our website!
www.sites.google.com/site/moamsd Thanks and have a great day.

Phyllis Westerlund

Do something great, volunteer!!

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