Japan tsunami catastrophe relief

The images from Japan are very disturbing to me. As I live my comfortable life, I know that in Japan, people are homeless, suffering, dying. When I consider what it is that I can do when a catastrophe like this hits, I always remember something I heard long ago: I can give of my Time, Treasure, or Talent. I admire those that are giving of their time and talent. I have humbly given a bit of my treasure.

I use Charity Navigator to evaluate the various organizations that are making relief efforts. If you have never visited the site, you might find it helpful.

I don’t consider myself rah-rah-religious, but Convoy of Hope ( a religious disaster relief organization) does a kick-ass job at what they do. In a matter of a few computer clicks, I sent them a few bucks, and specified that they be used for the Japan catastrophe. You can do that right from the Charity Navigator site.

I’m not writing this to toot my own horn. I simply wanted to point out how easy it is to help.

20 thoughts on “Japan tsunami catastrophe relief”

  1. Good Morning, Ferd…
    I didn’t know about either one of these sites for donations. I appreciate you doing the hard part by finding the right ones and passing them on.

    I have reconsidered my “comforable life” moment by moment as this disaster unfolds. Why them and not us? I wonder about things like that…

    Even simple things like clean water and antibiotics will mean the difference between life and death for many. Prayers for Japan…

    Hugs to you… : )

    1. Hi, Linda!
      Charity Navigator is really the only site you need. From there you can research the many relief organizations, and donate as you see fit.

  2. I don’t think you are tooting you own horn at all I think you are someone who cares and is pointing to a way to help.Tha’t my story and I’m sticking to it!Man Hug my friend!!!

  3. I am keeping Japan and its citizens in my prayers. We like the Salvation Army and Red Cross, but I will check out this site. I can’t imagine the devastion.

    Tragedy after tragedy makes me think Mother Nature is trying to tell us something.

    Thanks Ferd for this post.

    1. The great thing about Charity Navigator is that it gathers data about where your donation dollars go: how much for the intended purpose, how much for administration, and how much for fundraising expenses. It then rates the charity organizations from 1 to 4 stars. You can check out your favorite charities and see how they measure up to others.

  4. Charity Navigator is great. I sent a text to the Red cross and gave $10. I also gave money to the Animal Refuge Kansai to help take care of household pets that will no doubt –come streaming in. Details are on my blog.

    1. Yeah, Dawn, sending a text to donate is simple and easy. It’s a great way if you are already comfortable with a certain charity/relief organization.

  5. my whole heart goes out to those suffering in Japan. I cannot even begin to imagine the kind of devastation they are facing. I sent a text to the Red cross and gave $10. It’s not much, but it’s all I have.

    1. You know, Meleah, it’s not about the amount, it’s about your heart and your intentions. You are great! Every bit adds up!

  6. I think that it’s wonderful for you to share how you share. What a difference it would make if everyone gave just a little bit of whatever they could. Thank you for making a difference 🙂

    1. Yes, imagine if everyone gave just a little. It would make a HUGE difference!
      I read today that donations are far less than they were for Haiti. It probably has to do with the overall poverty in Haiti, but people who are affected in Japan are suffering just as bad, and the Japanese government can’t reach everyone all by themselves. It is such a big catastrophe. They need all the help they can get!

  7. Good for you! We all can help in whatever change we can spare. I would love to have the ability to go and help but sent money as well. Was not aware of charity navigator so thanks for the tip.

  8. Hi Ferd…
    Hope this message finds you well… 🙂

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  9. I have been going through a bit of a hard time, stressing out over money etc. Then came all this film on Japan and I realized just how lucky I am. It really changes your perspective. Now every time I worry about a bill or a sick child I say a prayer for Japan… because my problems are NOT problems.

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