the earthquake in japan: how to help

Early this morning, news came of a devastating 8.9-scale earthquake off the coast of Japan.  At this point, reports are still coming in, but the images are devastating.  And as I sit here, writing my little blog on the beautiful things in life, I'm feeling truly helpless.

So I decided to do the only thing I could do:  I will keep an eye all day on how you can help by donating aid or your time to the people of Japan, who will no doubt desperately need all the help that they can receive.  As I learn of more ways to help, I'll update this post.  If you learn of any other ways to help, please leave links in the comments, and again, I'll continually update.

Let's see what we can do for our brothers and sisters in Japan.  We're all neighbours here.  We're all connected.

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For inquiries concerning American citizens living in Japan:  

U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at +1.888.407.4747 or +1.202.647.5225

For inquiries concerning UK citizens living in Japan:

UK Foreign Office Helpline number at +44(0) 20.7008.000 or

Google People Finder:

For finding/disseminating information about those in Japan: Google Person finder 2011 Japan Earthquake

Google Crisis Response:

For a list of additional resources, click here.

American Red Cross:

Disaster Alert:  Earthquake in Japan, Tsunami warnings

To donate US$ 10 to the American Red Cross,  text REDCROSS to 90999 to help Japan.

Canadian Red Cross:

To donate for Japan Earthquake Relief, click here.

Global Giving:

To donate to the Global Giving Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, click here.

Salvation Army:

To donate US$ 10 for earthquake relief, text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 or visit

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontieres:

Click here to donate.

Network for Good:

Click here to donate.