Japan’s 9.0 earthquake and 30 foot Tsunami have destroyed most of the northeastern coast of the country and caused explosions at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Thousands of people are dead and many more are missing.
The relief and recovery process is just beginning and the global community has vowed to help Japan in any way possible. There are many ways to assist the families and victims of the disaster including donating to charities like the Red Cross.
Our hearts go out to the people of Japan in this time of tragedy and chaos. Still reeling in the aftermath of a massive quake and devastating tsunami, the Japanese now face the nightmare of meltdowns in their damaged nuclear reactors.
To make a donation directly go to Japan’s Red Cross Society or see the coordinates below:
Name of Bank: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Name of Branch: Ginza
Account No.: 8047670 (Ordinary Account)
SWIFT Code: SMBC JP JT
Payee Name: The Japanese Red Cross Society
Payee Address: 1-1-3 Shiba-Daimon Minato-ku, Tokyo JAPAN
Here are ten additional ways of aiding in the efforts to help Japan recover:
- Global Giving has set up a Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and Relief Fund
- Just Giving is raising money for ShelterBox to provide emergency shelters and supplies.
- The International Medical Corps are putting together relief teams, as well as supplies for Japan. Here’s a link to donate.
- Texting Red Cross at 90999.
- The hard-working canines of the Search Dog Foundation are sending search and rescue dog teams to Japan.
- The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. At the Salvation Army site you can designate where you want your donation to go.
- Share Google’s Person Finder tool. Google launched a Japanese-language version to help victims and families locate one another.
- Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres says, The MSF teams, which are comprised of medical and logistics personnel, will try to reach the area by helicopter.
- Young people can show their support on Facebook with an online Paper Crane Campaign organized by DoSomething.org. They hope to see 100,000 origami crane photos uploaded.
- Save The Children: They stand ready to meet the needs of children who are always the most vulnerable in a disaster.
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