Monday, March 14, 2011
Japan - How to Help
As the reality of the situation in Japan sinks in and the toll of dead, missing and injured people climbs higher, and as at least a couple of nuclear reactors seem in danger of releasing unknown quantities of radioactivity into the environment or even melting down, the only topic that seems fitting today is what we can do to help.
Here are some links for aid organizations and services that are setting up to try and help people locate missing loved ones:
Huffington Post. (some of the organizations listed here may be duplicated below, but seems like a pretty comprehensive list)
Salon.com - How You Can Help (another compendium)
Doctors Without Borders (this is one of the charities I donate to monthly, and think they're among the best at what they do)
American Red Cross
As Wendy B reminds us, it's much more effective to send money to relief organizations with boots on the ground than to send shipments of clothing, blankets, food, etc.
If you know of any aid organizations that are working directly with the Japanese earthquake/tsunami relief efforts, please do give a link in the comments.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan.