March 14, 2011 at 9:31 am , by Amanda Wolfe
The videos, images and stories of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan are devastating, and it seems like every hour there’s more bad news: aftershocks, nuclear explosions. It’s easy to feel a sense of utter helplessness as we watch in shock, halfway around the world. But there are ways we can help:
The American Red Cross already has medical relief teams on the ground in Japan. To donate $10, text REDCROSS to 90999 or visit their site to donate any amount.
Save the Children, which has operated in Japan for the last 25 years, is also mobilizing to help children and families affected by the disaster. They’ve set up a special fund for Japan, and you can donate online or text JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10.
MeryCorps is working with its partner in Japan, Peace Winds, which is helicoptering in tents and supplies for homeless victims today. Click here to donate online.
Global Giving has a special fund set up for earthquake relief and is working with other organizations on the ground, like the International Medical Corps and Save the Children, to bring aid to victims.
If you have loved ones living in Japan, Google set up a 2011 earthquake people finder to help you connect. CNN also has a big list of additional ways to help the relief effort.
Image via GlobalGiving.