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Japan Relief and N4G

Cat|1956d ago |Blog Post|37|

Hey, N4Gers! A rather serious post for you here, though one I think we can all tackle with vigor. The devastation in Japan is difficult for most of us to imagine, but what we have seen and heard makes us want to help however we can. For most of us, so far from the disaster, we won't ever feel like we can do enough.

Below you will find a list of organizations that are active in Japan disaster relief. We aren't advocating any of these charities over another, but have sought to provide you with a respectable list - please do your own research so you can give responsibly!

We, N4G, have donated $3000 to MSF (Medicins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders) on behalf of the N4G community. MSF currently has several teams in Northern Japan, with more teams on the way. Their doctors, nurses and support staff work alongside the Japanese disaster authorities to provide aid in the wake of the earthquakes and tsunami.

Thank you to all of you for being a part of N4G, we're grateful for this opportunity to give with you.

Medicins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders http://www.msf.org/msf/dona...

Japanese Red Cross Society http://www.jrc.or.jp/englis...

UNICEF http://www.unicefusa.org/

Save the Children http://www.savethechildren....

International Medical Corps http://www.internationalmed...

Direct Relief International http://www.directrelief.org...

AmeriCare http://www.americares.org/

World Vision http://www.worldvision.org/...

Convoy of Hope http://www.convoyofhope.org...

International Rescue Committee http://www.rescue.org/

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Optical_Matrix1956d ago

I'm donating money, but is there anywhere we can donate clothes and toys for the children as well? I have a fair bit of Japanese manga and I'm willing to send some over for the children to read. Will give them at least SOMETHING to do in your evacuation shelters.

Cat1956d ago

Hey, Optical_Matrix! If you do some research I'm confident you'll find a worthy charity to help you out. We opted for financial donations because sending items can strain an already strained infrastructure.

Optical_Matrix1956d ago

Completely understandable. Thanks for posting the financial links as well. Will be sure to make my donations. Good on you :]

edgeofblade1951d ago (Edited 1951d ago )

Optical: While your donation might be well meaning, clothes and toys and... well, anything other than cold hard cash... will actually make more of a logistical nightmare than doing good, and those items may never make it to the people that need them. Sorry to rain on that parade, but there are quite a few articles about this. Right now, these aid organizations need liquid assets.

Not to belittle your generosity, but the best thing you can do right now is give money to a reputable organization, like the International or American Red Cross or the Salvation Army.

I see others have commented as well, but I wanted to throw my two cents plus interest in.

And bubbles for your generosity too.

dalibor1956d ago

Sorry I accidentally clicked disagree, my mistake. Thanks for this helpful blog though. Since I have a job I am able to make a donation. Is paypal the best way to make a donation? Thinking of using my debit card but kind of hesitant for security measures.

JL1956d ago

If you feel any reservation about giving out your credit card information or such things, Paypal is still a definite way you can go to donate and it will keep you from having to give out that information.

Simply visit the Paypal site and you'll see right there on the main page where they're taking donations. You can do an instant $25 donation or you can put in a specific amount. They have several organizations they're collaborating with on it as well so you have a few to choose from.

fatstarr1956d ago

Thank you for all the info
My university is in the process of raising money

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