Help For Japan

I’m sure everyone reading this post has seen and heard about the devastation visited upon Japan just a few days ago. The recent news accounts paint a dire if not grim situation for the survivors of the stricken regions. I cannot imagine living through a massive earthquake, colossal tidal wave, and multiple potential nuclear meltdowns.

As prepared and capable as the Japanese people are, their emergency response infrastructure has been completely overwhelmed. If you or your River Group (or other church group for those readers who don’t go to 4RC) would like to help in some way, below are a list of organizations that can help. I pulled these directly off of NBC’s website so I’m confident they are all legit.

If anyone knows of any other organization or another way in which we can send help, let me know and I will post it.

  • Using your cell phone, you can text-message donations of $10 to the Red Cross. Text the letters REDCROSS to 90999 to make the $10 donation, or visit the organization’s website.
  • The International Medical Corps is putting together relief teams, as well as supplies. The organization is in “contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities,” said Nancy Aossey, IMC president, on its website. You can donate here. Or, you can text MED to 80888 to donate $10 to emergency relief efforts.
  • Save the Children is accepting donations for its Children’s Emergency Fund. “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,’ said Eiichi Sadamatsu of the organization in a statement.
  • GlobalGiving, based in Washington, D.C., is providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
  • Facebook has a Disaster Relief page with lots of good information about organizations that are offering aid, and that you can help, in turn.
  • Microsoft has a Disaster Response Effort underway. “We are taking a number of steps, including ensuring the safety of our employees and their families and proactively offering customers, partners and local response agencies technical support to help ensure business continuity,” the company said. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.)
  • Mercy Corps is accepting donations to provide emergency assistance to earthquake survivors in Japan on behalf of their partner, Peace Winds Japan. 

What better way to….

Live The Mision,
Greg

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