Saturday, March 12, 2011

FYI: Helping Japan

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Here are some ways to help or contact victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and others throughout the Pacific:

CONSULATE GENERAL OF JAPAN AT CHICAGO — For information on Japanese citizens or loved ones and links to area mobile service providers’ Emergency Message Lines. Visit

AMERICAN RED CROSS — U.S. mobile phone users can text REDCROSS to 90999 to add $10 automatically to your phone bill. Or visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Natori, Miyagi Prefecture

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS — Sending relief teams and supplies to the area. Call 1-800-481-4462, or visit

SAVE THE CHILDREN — The relief effort providing food, medical care and education to children is accepting donations through mobile phones by texting JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10. People can also call 1-800-728-3843 during business hours or visit to donate online.

Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture

GLOBAL GIVING — The non-profit which works through grassroots efforts says Americans can text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10 through their phone bill. Or visit

Sendai City, (AP/Kyodo News)

INTERACTION — The group is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations and lists many ways to help on its site,

NETWORK FOR GOOD — The aggregator of charities has a list of programs and ways to donate to relief efforts. Visit

Elementary School in Sendai City (AP/Kyodo News)

And, if nothing else...please follow this young man's example:

At prayer in Manami Soma, Fukushima Prefecture (AP/Kyodo News)