we heart weekly – 3.19.11

How to help people (and animals) in Japan

Red Cross Japan we heart weekly   3.19.11

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

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Written by Tyna Werner


  1. Profile photo of Amanda

    Thanks for highlighting Doctors Without Borders! I love the organization and it’s such an important service.

    Another SUPER EASY and FREE way to donate to help the animals is freekibble.com and freekibblekat.com. They’re sending donations to Japan (matching, AFAIK) but it’s also a site you can click daily like thebreastcancersite.com, thehungersite.com, etc and it sends free kibble to help out the hungry animals!

  2. Profile photo of irene

    We Heart this has got HEART for the things that truly matter.. People and our furry friends. I have been so sick over what’s going on in Japan. I’ve donated at work- where they match our contribution. What massive saddness and depair for so many.. but like the Prime Minister has been saying to those dealing with this. Don’t lose hope.. the people are behaving like those with respect and honor.

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    I really appreciate this response of support for Japan from WHT. I have a real love for Japan. It is such a beautiful place with truly beautiful people. I have had the great honor of visiting Japan. And I have many dear loved ones there. Luckily they are mostly doing ok. But it is still such a scary and trying time. My heart breaks for Japan. It is nice to know that we can help even when we are so far away.

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    Stef Andrews

    I think you said it really well @tyna – it’s heartbreaking and terrifying. It’s almost hard to wrap your head around what’s happened.

    It’s great that there are so many organizations that you can donate too. So that you can put your dollars to causes that mean the most to you.

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