The horrible events of the last few days with Japan’s earthquake and Tsunami makes one feel a little helpless on what to do to help our family, friends and neighbors in Japan. Donate your money. Volunteer your time if you are near a non profit that is sending over supplies. Stay informed as to what is going on and help others understand. Especially children. A friend of mine posted this as her status yesterday on Facebook. I thought it was wonderful:
“When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news,
my mother would say to me,
‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”
~ Fred Rogers.
Shelterbox – Sending out boxes with survival supplies to displaced quake victims
Mercy Corps – Help to rebuild communities after devastating destruction
Doctors Without Borders – volunteer international team of doctors and nurses
American Red Cross Text “Red Cross” to 90999 =$10 on bill
IFAW – International Federation of Animal Welfare
Kinship Circle – International Animal Rescue
Animal Refuge Kansai – Organization in Japan desperately needing help volunteer wise and money.
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue a coalition of three groups; HEART-Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata and Japan Cat Network. They are groups that have been rescuing and rehoming animals in Japan for many years.
Also: The U.S. State Department is urging any U.S. citizens to contact friends and family as soon as possible. They can also e-mail the State Department at JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov. Those seeking information on security in or travel to Japan can call 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444.
Google has set up a people finder here
As I get more info I will post more links. As with most large disasters, the people rescue is first, and once recovery efforts start, the animal rescues get the go ahead.