Send Aid to Japan

On March 11, the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan. Over the past weekend, I have been glued to both my TV and to online media sites covering the tragic events in Japan. Last night, the Boston Red Sox encouraged their fans to make donations through the team, the Red Sox Foundation. Led by Red Sox pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka, a native of Tokyo, Japan, and Hideki Okajima, from Kyoto, Japan, who greeted fans in Fort Myers, Fla. The team raised $4,600 and already committed $50,000. The team plans to accept more donations again for Friday’s game. Feeling a bit helpless, I wanted to find ways to send some aid to the people of Japan. Any little bit can help and most ways to aid in relief won’t take anything more than texting a few words. Here are some ways to aid in relief efforts:

1. American Red Cross – The easiest way of donating during this modern age is through a text.  Text HELP to 90999 to make a $10 . Charges will appear on your next cell phone bill. You can text however many times as you like.

2. Salvation Army – The Salvation Army in Japan already has three emergency service teams operating in devastated areas, you can help by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate or text “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

3. Lady Gaga Prayer Bracelet – The Monster herself, Lady Gaga has designed a $5 “We Pray For Japan” wristband on sale at her website. All proceeds from the sale going to tsunami relief efforts. You can also make an additional donation through her website.

4. Facebook – The addicting procrastinator for college students has created the Global Disaster Relief page, which allows one to access information on a host of organizations where you can donate. The purpose of raising $2 million for Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Emergency Fund.

5.  AmeriCares – Help AmeriCares deliver medical and disaster relief by donating any amount through their website.

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