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Friday, March 11, 2011

How to help Tsunami and Earthquake victims in Japan

- First up, to help you make the most of your charitable donation, charity watchdog Charity Navigator has published donating tips and a list of charities responding. They will continue to update that list as they learn of more charities assisting with the relief efforts.
- Convoy of Hope's Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. The best way to help is to donate online at convoyofhope.org or text TSUNAMI to 50555 to donate $10 to Convoy of Hope's Disaster Response efforts.
- ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) has created a link on its homepage for givers to connect with member organizations already assisting or poised to assist in massive relief efforts there. Through its "ServantMatch," donors can identify accredited organizations working to bring aid to the disaster area.
- GlobalGiving.org has already launched the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, raising funds which they plan to distribute to various efforts in the region.
- International Medical Corps is responding to the health needs of the disaster's victims.
- Mercy Corps is now accepting donations for survivors of Japan's earthquake through their longstanding partner, Peace Winds Japan. Donations will be used to meet immediate and longer-term needs of the survivors.
- The Red Cross is asking for $10 donations to their relief efforts in Japan online or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate from your phone.
- The Salvation Army in Tokyo is sending an assessment team to the city of Sendai tonight to assess damage and will begin providing basic necessities (food, water, etc.) beginning as soon as possible tonight or tomorrow.
In Tokyo, the Army opened its main building to help shelter commuters who were unable to reach home. They served hot drinks and packed meals.
The latest updates will be available at http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa and www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.
Those interested can text "JAPAN" or "QUAKE" to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Army's relief efforts.
- Save the Children is moving quickly to address the situation there. Donations to their Children's Emergency Fund will support this effort. To text your donation to Save the Children, text "JAPAN" or "TSUNAMI" to 20222 to donate $10.
- World Vision has also announced global mobilization in response to tsunami warnings. To help, consider making a donation to their World Vision's Disaster Response Fund. To text your donation to World Vision, text "4JAPAN" or "4TSUNAMI" to 20222 to donate $10.
And here is a list of the text donation options for nonprofits providing disaster relief to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan:
- Convoy of Hope, text TSUNAMI to 50555 to donate $10
- World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals, text WAVE to 50555 to donate $10
- GlobalGiving, text JAPAN to 50555 to donate $10
According to the provider mGive: When prompted, mobile donors should reply with YES to confirm a one-time gift. The $10 one-time donation will appear on the donor's next mobile bill. All donations are tax deductible and receipts may be printed at mGive.org/receipt. Message and data rates may apply.

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