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There are probably thousands of ways to help aid Japan in their current situation. Having been to Thailand an entire year and four months after the tsunami hit them, I can tell you that rebuilding–both physical and emotional–takes a very long time after a disaster.
Here are just a handful of ways you can help support the relief efforts in Japan. A lot of these are from Etsy. If you search on Etsy for “Japan relief,” you will find hundreds of other sellers donating percentages to relief funds.
1. Pray. PRAY. PRAY!! Pray that people will get the relief they need. Pray that this disaster will turn people’s hearts toward Jesus. I have to tell you, my prayer life has been drastically changed by reading Heaven is for Real. I highly suggest you all read it.
2. Buy a Stamped Penny from Heaven necklace in this heart design from Wired Whimsy. She will donate $5 to WorldVision for Japan Relief for each necklace purchased. (Thanks Mary for letting me know about it.)
4. Buy a Blessed hand-stamped necklace from The Rusted Chain. Beki will donate $10 to World Vision for each necklace sold.
5. Donate directly to Japan Relief through Samaritan’s Purse–an organization I love and trust.
6. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.
7. Etsy shop Meneut Designs is donating 20% of all their sales to the Japan Red Cross right now. They have some beautiful pieces.
8. According to the Huffington Post, “Judy Chang, head of PayPal’s nonprofit group, announced that transactional fees incurred by money transfers to US 501(c)(3) organizations (or charities registered with the Canada Revenue Agency) between March 11 and April 10 will aid relief efforts in Japan.” In layman’s terms, I think that means if you donate money somewhere through PayPal, the fee that they usually take off for transfer will at least be donated somewhere and be put to use!
9. I’m not exactly a Lady Gaga fan, but I think it’s great she’s using her fame for a good purpose. She designed this “We Pray for Japan” bracelet. You can buy one for $5 and 100% of the proceeds will go toward Japan disaster relief.
10. If you buy some beautiful handmade soap hearts from soflart, they will donate a percentage of the sale to the Japan Red Cross. They ship from Italy, but I think the shipping is still very reasonable.
This is a great article from WorldVision on the “Do’s and Don’ts of Supporting Disaster Relief.”
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