Salon has an article up with links to everyone from Doctors without Borders and the Red Cross to Lady Gaga and Zynga.
At least one BJ commentor was going to get back to us with suggestions from co-workers at a Japan-based company. If you have other links / suggestions, please add a comment below.
Some donation sites and other info at this Japan Times page.
And to repeat my comment in the last thread, an hour ago the Kyodo news agency said:
My neice was in Sendai when the earthquake hit. Survived that, then the tsunami, now she has been evacuated to an army base because of the nuclear problems. Communication with her has been sketchy to say the least, and little more than “I am OK.” I look at the pictures and I think of her, and her inability to know what is coming next, or what she is going to do or anything at all…
Made a donation. Not much but the little ones will add up. [Look at what we did for the Obama election fund.]
It seems to be taking a long time to get food and water to survivors. On the other hand, I am not there and cannot see what is going on.
I do understand spending resources to get/keep the nuclear situation under control. Very important.
They really have suffered a perfect storm of problems. Good luck to them all.
No recommendation for organizations, but important information for anyone who wants to donate:
The Dos and Don’ts of Disaster Donations
Most important points:
Do NOT send gifts in kind like clothes or medicine – those kinds of shipments almost always end up in the trash and clog roads, warehouses and airports.
DO donate money, but DON’T earmark it for a specific cause. Find an organization you trust and donate to their general fund.
I discovered Search Dogs from a mistermix post a few days ago.
They were vetted by philanthroper.com, for what it’s worth. I can’t think of an organization more suited to the ethos of this site, especially given some of John’s recent posts about Rosie. They’re in Japan already.
Charity Navigator is a good site for evaluating charities. I gave some money to Direct Relief International.
@Anne Laurie (top):
I’m at work now and a couple of my coworkers have stated that the Japanese Red Cross is probably the best route for providing direct assistance. However, it appears that the English version of the site is not being updated very frequently. But on the Japanese version of the site, there is an announcement that they are trying to get accounts setup in order to receive donations. They are also stating that, as a general rule, they do not accept goods from individuals.
The main statement on the Japanese version of the website is this:
After reading that, I was initially discouraged, but then, Google to the rescue! Google is accepting donations on behalf of the Japanese Red Cross here.
Sadly, one of my coworker’s in-laws live in Sendai and they have yet to hear from them at this point. They are still holding out hope that the interruptions in communications is the reason they have not been able to contact them.
On a brighter note, as my two coworkers and I were talking about this, they both talked about how grateful they were to the U.S. Military, for responding so quickly. They said that they have already been responsible for saving thousands of lives. Also, one of them asked to me pass on this message, “Please tell your friends (you guys at Balloon-Juice) thank you very much for their help. This is very difficult time in Japan and their kindness is very appreciated.”
I wish you guys could hear the sincere emotion of thanks that they were expressing about the U.S. Military moving so quickly to help. I almost teared up myself, I was so proud of our service people, and our military in Japan. Also, I know that we all have donated to various causes, be it Hati, or Katrina, or any number of events around the globe. For this one, I am here to tell you, I see the direct result of the giving for this cause. It happened thousands of miles away, but a simple statement, “Hey guys, I have a bunch of people that would like to donate money to help in Japan, do you know of any charities?”, brought smiles to their distressed faces.
You’re doing good Balloon-Juicers! I am a witness to you lifting the spirits of people directly affect by this.
Not to make light of the situation, and I apologize if this has already been suggested, but: karaoke benefit concert anyone? “Bad singing for a good cause.” Anything to pre-empt one of those awful televised benefit concerts.
@tom p: Oh my God, tom p– I am glad your niece is alive. I hope her situation improves soon.
@RareSanity: Thanks! This is just the sort of post I was looking for. I’ll go shove it on the face book…
@RareSanity: Thanks for the Google link. Done. It’s quick and easy, folks.
@tom p: I’m glad your niece is safe, tom p, I’ll keep her in my thoughts.
One of the folks at SomethingAwful provided this link to ShelterBox and they are accepting donations to help send out more.
@asiangrrlMN: she is a ray of sunshine… I have dealt with depression all my life, but not her, not her, always a smile, always the “sunny side”….
When I first heard she was going over, I thought, “WHat a great adventure…”
I had no idea. Now I wonder what this adventure will inflict on her?
Sooo.. to those of you who think of her, (and the ones in similar situations) thank you.
and please give.
Last I heard, she had hot water and electricity, I have no idea if that is still true, but even if it is, there are hundreds of thousands for whom it is not.
RS; On Friday morn,I woke up and heard the news, I did not expect to here from beth for days… maybe weeks. she found a way…. I hope, I pray, (an atheists prayers… I apologize, but if god is the god…. never mind, I hope your coworkers here soon from their relatives.
What an idiot I am…
Still, if God is listening to me, I am praying for
your freinds relatives.