How to help people (and animals) in Japan
We’ve been wanting to talk about the devastating situation in Japan and a full week into this heartbreaking and terrifying catastrophe it’s still near impossible to find the words to adequately address the ongoing earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disasters. Like many of you we’ve been glued to the television/radio/internet as the situation unfolds and we’re terribly saddened and horrified for the people of Japan…and worried over the continuing crisis.
The thought that come easiest to us right now comes down to one word – DONATE. No matter how small the amount, right now every single dollar counts. Our we heart weekly links are a few trusted organizations currently on the ground in Japan. Start Donating!
American Red Cross
Those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org and donate to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.
Animal Rescue Kansai
Animal Rescue Kansai (ARK), a non-profit, non-governmental private animal rescue organization in Japan will be “accepting as many animals as possible, (from) those made homeless from the Tohoku-Pacific earthquake and tsunami.” Any donations made to the Tohoku-Pacific Quake Fund will be used for the animals made homeless from the ongoing crisis.
Doctors Without Borders
Two Doctors Without Borders teams arrived in the city of Sendai, one of the areas hardest hit, within 48 hours of the disaster. Since then this international medical humanitarian organization continues to send medical teams that are supporting the government-led earthquake and tsunami response in Japan. As well as providing aid, running mobile clinics and conducting needs assessments in hard hit areas. Click here to donate to Doctors Without Borders.
ShelterBox responds instantly to natural and man-made disasters by delivering boxes of aid (including a tent for a family of 10, cooker, blankets, water purification, tool kit, etc. ) to those who are most in need in the days, weeks and months following a disaster. Currently there are “close to 1,000 ShelterBoxes either in Japan or on their way and another 5,000 ready to move.” Click here to donate. Or text Shelter to 20222 to make a one-time $10 donation to ShelterBox