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Helping Japan: How To Help

March 14, 2011

I am adding a new category, Helping Japan. I will be making posts about ways we can assist the people of Japan to recover from the terrible disaster that has befallen their country. I urge people to do their due diligence first before donating. Make sure you are dealing with official web sites and authentic organizations. If you know someone in Japan, send your donations directly to them. Please note, International flights to Japan have been curtailed. Check schedules daily.

And don’t forget the animals:

World Vets — http://www­.worldvets­.org/

Here is the initial list:

OPERATION USA — http://www.opusa.org/ — Founding Member Julie Andrews — Search and Rescue

MSNBC — dateline.msnbc.com

AMERICAN RED CROSS: Emergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. This disaster is on a scale larger than the Japanese Red Cross can typically manage. Donations to the American Red Cross can be allocated for the International Disaster Relief Fund, which then deploys to the region to help. Donate here.

GLOBALGIVING: Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donate here.

SAVE THE CHILDREN: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Donate here.

SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Donate here.

AMERICARES: Emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region. Donate here.

CONVOY OF HOPE: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Donate here.

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS: Putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. Donate here.

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