How Students Can Help in the Japanese Relief Efforts

On March 11, 2011, an 8.9 earthquake rocked the ocean floor near Japan, causing an enormous tsunami to wash onto the north-eastern coasts of Japan. Cars, homes, and ships were swept away when the tsunami came to land. It has been said that this is the most powerful earthquake to ever strike Japan. The death toll is expected to pass 1,000 and many more are injured, have lost their homes, and have no place to go.

What can we students in the USA do to help? Many of us would love to go to Japan and help with the relief efforts firsthand. However, if you can’t be there, you can still help. Here’s a list of several relief organizations that are accepting donations to help Japan.

The American Red Cross is accepting $10 donations through text messages. Similar to the campaign in Haiti after their earthquake, people only need to send a text message to 90999 with REDCROSS in the message, and they can donate $10 immediately to help the Red Cross’s efforts.

Save the Children is sending an international emergency team to Japan to help the children and families who were affected by this tragedy. To make a donation to this charity, click here.

GlobalGiving has created the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund to distribute donations to various relief groups. Some of the groups they are helping include Save the Children and the International Medical Corps. To make a donation to this group, visit their website.

World Vision also has plans for possible deployment to Japan and other affected areas. They plan on distributing food, water, medical supplies, and shelter to those who need it. To help with this charity, make a donation to their Disaster Response Fund.

Do you know of other ways that students can help in this terrible situation? Tell us about it below in our comments section.

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