Tohoku disaster: How to help

As I’m sure everyone is aware, Japan was hit by a massive M8.8 earthquake off the coast of Sendai on March 11. As aftershocks still rock most of Honshu, the resulting tsunami, fires and explosions have already entrenched many northern prefectures in death and destruction. There are also food, water and electricity shortages throughout many areas in Iwate, Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures.

For those who are interested in contributing to relief and recovery efforts, below are some of the organisations that are taking donations:

The American Red Cross is accepting a minimum of $10 to support disaster relief efforts by the group in Japan and affected areas of the Pacific.

Global Giving will let you donate on the website or send them a text to contribute funds towards their earthquake and tsunami relief fund.

The Salvation Army are reportedly asking for financial donations and have sent teams from the US to join those already in Japan.

Save the Children has dispatched an international support team to help staff in Japan, and say donations will go to relief efforts.

International Medical Corps has put together teams and supplies to work with partner groups in Japan, and is asking for donations to help throughout the region.

Operation USA is looking for financial donations, “bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies”, and air mile donations through United Airlines Charity Miles program at www.united.com.

Shelter Box is accepting donations, but I’m not sure if you can donate specifically to relief efforts in Japan or not.

Charity Navigator gives ratings to these organisations and more. Make sure your money goes where it counts!

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