March 15th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Travel Tuesday: Support Japan

Help Japan Poster designed by Max Erdenberger

Photos and videos of the destruction caused by last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan have quickly spread around the internet. Watching the aftermath from afar can be overwhelming, as we rack our brains for ways to reach out and show our support.

Help Japan Poster by Zac Neulieb

Our friends at Matador put together a list of ways that we can all help the victims in Japan.

Text a donation

All donations will be added to your monthly cell phone bill.

Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross.
Text “MED” to 80888 to donate $10 to the International Medical Corps.
Text “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army.
Text “JAPAN” or “TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children’s Emergency Fund.
Text “4JAPAN” or “4TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10 to World Vision.
Text “JAPAN” to 50555 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving.

You can also donate via any of the above organizations’ websites.

Red Cross

Besides texting or completing your donation on the Red Cross website, the organization has also set up a “causes” page and is accepting donations through Facebook.

Authors for Japan Auction

Writers and publishing professionals have donated lots of great prizes for this auction, of which all proceeds benefit the Japan victims via the British Red Cross. Donated prizes include a “first chapter or short story critique” and “four-week telephone mentoring sessions.”Although bids must be in UK Pounds, winners can be from anywhere in the world, and bidding is from 8 a.m. GMT on Tuesday, March 15th through 10 p.m. GMT on Friday, March 18th.

Mercy Corps/Peace Wind

Mercy Corps is working to help survivors of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami through one of their partners – Peace Winds. On Monday, Peace Winds helicoptered emergency supplies to families evacuated from their homes in Kesennuma. According to the website, a donation to Mercy Corps will be used to meet “both immediate and long-term needs of the earthquake survivors.”

More ways to help here.

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