Today is one of the reasons I love the blogging community I am a part of. Alone we have voices but together we have a very large voice. I am so proud to be a part of a blogging community that comes together when there is a need like there is today with Japan.
I am sure by now everyone has seen the pictures of the devastation in Japan. It is incomprehensible to me and I am struck most by how many kids are now orphans. To have your world changed completely in an instant. My thoughts went immediately to how I could help. This post is one of the ways I am helping.
How can you help? By donating. Here are my top 3 places to donate:
1. The American Red Cross: You can make a donation on line. Or, you can simply text REDCROSS to 90999 and instantly donate $10 to the Japanese relief efforts.
2. The Salvation Army: You can also donate on-line here as well. You can also text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 and make an instant donation.
3. Mercy Corps through Peace Winds of Japan: Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. On Sunday, Peace Winds conducted assessments in two devastated cities in northeast Japan, Ishimaki and Kesennuma. On Monday they’ll helicopter 30 family-sized tents for homeless survivors in Kesennuma, plus materials to construct a 100-person balloon shelter. I love that this charity is on the ground keeping donators updated about their activities.
There are many other bloggers blogging today for Japan relief. They include:
Special thanks to Tracie at Penny Pinchin Mom for organizing!
How else can you help? By leaving a comment on this post! I’ll donate $.50 per comment up to $250 for every comment left on this post. I’m choosing to donate to Mercy Corps/Peace Winds as I think the relief work they are doing is meaningful and impactful. If you blog, feel free to leave a link to your blog post in the linky about Japan relief, if not just leave a comment sharing your thoughts.
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