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Feature Photo: Aerial photo of Sendai after the earthquake by Official U.S. Navy Imagery / Photo Above: One of the six dogs that the state of Virginia’s Fairfax County Urban Search & Rescue are sending to Japan to help with search effort, by fairfaxcounty

I have personally found it difficult to search through all of the resources out there to find a way to help Japan, so this guide compiles some of the easiest ways you can donate to benefit the survivors of the recent earthquake and tsunami.

Text a donation

All donations will be added to your monthly cell phone bill.

Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross.
Text “MED” to 80888 to donate $10 to the International Medical Corps.
Text “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army.
Text “JAPAN” or “TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children’s Emergency Fund.
Text “4JAPAN” or “4TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10 to World Vision.
Text “JAPAN” to 50555 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving.

You can also donate via any of the above organizations’ websites.

Red Cross

Besides texting or completing your donation on the Red Cross website, the organization has also set up a “causes” page and is accepting donations through Facebook.

Authors for Japan Auction

Writers and publishing professionals have donated lots of great prizes for this auction, of which all proceeds benefit the Japan victims via the British Red Cross. Donated prizes include a “first chapter or short story critique” and “four-week telephone mentoring sessions.” Although bids must be in UK Pounds, winners can be from anywhere in the world, and bidding is from 8 a.m. GMT on Tuesday, March 15th through 10 p.m. GMT on Friday, March 18th.

Mercy Corps/Peace Wind

Mercy Corps is working to help survivors of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami through one of their partners – Peace Winds. On Monday, Peace Winds helicoptered emergency supplies to families evacuated from their homes in Kesennuma. According to the website, a donation to Mercy Corps will be used to meet “both immediate and long-term needs of the earthquake survivors.”


Donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $250 through your iTunes account.

Help connect people in Japan and abroad

This website, created by Google, is a resource center for up-to-date information and resources about the earthquake/tsunami, and has a Person Finder feature. Share this site with people looking for information about friends or family members, or provide information about someone in Japan.

You can also donate from 100 yen to 50,000 yen to the Japanese Red Cross from this site.

Use PayPal

According to the PayPal blog, “PayPal will credit transactional fees incurred from March 11 to April 10, 2011, to any US 501(c)(3) organization or Canada Revenue Agency registered charity fundraising to aid Japan relief.”

Spread the word.

Blog, tweet, and post on Facebook so that other people know how they can help, too!

Have other ideas? Please share them in the comments!



About The Author

Abbie Mood

Abbie lives in Denver and can usually be found doing something with her dogs, Daisy and Sadie, or working on her dog training business. In addition to working with dogs, Abbie is a freelance writer and pre-k special ed teacher.

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