How To Help Japan

On Friday afternoon, March 11th, the largest earthquake in Japan’s history hit with a magnitude of 8.9.  The devastation of the tsunami is unbelievable and my heart goes out to the victims and family members of this tragedy, which is still ongoing.

I’m sure many of us would love to do something, anything to help our brothers and sisters out in Japan.  The best and quickest way is to donate money to organizations who have the infrastructure and processes set up to help.

To donate money to the Japanese earthquake relief efforts, please visit the Red Cross’s site here.  You can also donate money by mobile phone to the American Red Cross Relief by texting REDCROSS to 90999.  Every time you text REDCROSS, $10 will be debited to your phone bill and a donation will be made.  The death toll has breached 10,000.

I encourage those of us with blogs, Twitter accounts and any online presence to help spread the word.  Japan needs all of our support right now!

Highlight Posts From Around The Web

* Vietnam Travel On The Cheap by YoungandThrifty.  Vietnam is one of the countries I’d love to visit, but haven’t yet.

* Do You Ever Wonder Where It Went? asks Sustainable Life Blog.  Jeff wonders, when looking at his W2 where all his money went.  Mine all goes to taxes!

* Confession: I’m Scared by Broke Professionals.  The Brokes are buying a house and they are worried.  I had the same concerns when I bought my first property a decade ago, but that lasted for about a week, because the feeling of owning is priceless.

* Thinking Before Paying To Save Money by Money Reasons.  Get rid of the spend more save more mentality!

* Blogger Tax Deductions by Wealth Informatics.  Some good tips for those of us who are blogging or running and online business.

* Top Reasons To Quit Your Job on Frugal Zeitgeist.  Stress is the secret killer.  After a couple years, if you are still stressed to the point of chronic body pains, I’d seriously suggest doing something else.  Check out Aches & Pains Of Overlooking Proper Ergonomics on Untemplater if you are having some issues.

Favorite Yakezie Writing Contest Essays

The second Yakezie Writing Contest ends on Wed, March 16th at 6pm.  The first, second, and third place essays will win $600, $300, and $100 that will go towards their education.  Here are my favorite three, and there are many more great one!  Have a read and vote!

* #49: Memories - An enormously powerful story about a daughter who lost her father to alcohol.

* #39: Peaches and Cream – A very difficult story about a girl who went through betrayal and then forgiveness.

* #56: A Mixed Plate – A humorous post of growing up as a multi-cultural person and accepting people for who they are.

Stand strong,

Sam

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Comments

  1. brokeprofessionals says

    Thank you for spreading awareness about how to help in Japan. It is a shame to see this happening, particularly to such a densely populated and beautiful country with a rich culture like Japan. The ongoing nuclear facility problems have of course only made a bad situation worse. Nothing can be easier then texting the red cross and donating $10.00 instantly.

    • Financial Samurai says

      Yes, thanks for your donation. So easy to donate $10 via our mobile. Everythig counts, especially right now.

      Pls also drop by and read the essays that i highlighted too. You will thoroughly enjoy them.

  2. youngandthrifty says

    Thanks so much for the mention Sam- I’m sure you will get to visit Vietnam soon.

    Thanks for also highlighting Japan- I have been really sad about the devastation and feeling helpless- but will go to Red Cross and donate now :) And will also share the ways that people can help on my facebook page too.

    Japan is so advanced in their earthquake preparedness… imagine if they weren’t… those numbers would be 10x the amount that they are, I’m sure.

    • Financial Samurai says

      Yes indeed. I have a relative who specifically studies Tsunamis and the warning systems are life savers. Seems like the Tsunami has created much much more damage than the earthquake itself. But of course, the earthquake is what caused the Tsunami.

      Please share your thoughts on the essays after their posts. I promise you, you will enjoy them all!

  3. 101 Centavos says

    Thanks for spotlighting the red cross, and also thanks for the links to those essays. I don’t make my way to the forums as often as I should. Proof is that I missed these great essays coming out.

    • Financial Samurai says

      No prob. Please read all three and vote! I think you will be blown away by their stories and Thr quality of their writing.

      Hopefully everybody reading this post can donate to the Red Cross and Vote for these essays and more.

      Thx!

  4. Money Reasons says

    Very sad day, I hope it doesn’t get much worse that it already is. The nuclear threat really scares me, especially considering Japan is such a small area to begin with. My heart really does go out to them!

    Using the Red Cross link, it is very easy to make a contribution. Thanks for providing the option on your site, I’m sure every bit helps! I think I will add the same link just to show support too!

    Thanks for the mention.

    • Financial Samurai says

      Good question. The flag is currently a the flag of the Mari-time Self-Defense Force (ie protect the seas), however now that you mentioned this, I’ve taken it down. I’m learning that some Chinese and Koreans may consider it offensive due to its use in WWII. That’s no good, and I don’t want that.

      What I wanted was a picture of a rising sun that would bring some hope. Let me find another picture. Thanks.

  5. Charlie says

    It is mind numbing how many lives have been lost in the last few days. The victims and families are in my prayers. Thanks for sharing the Red Cross donation info, I definitely want to help. The video footage is beyond belief.

  6. david M says

    Thanks for bringing this to everyone’s attention.

    My wife is from Japan – luckily not in a part of the country that was severely impacted by the earthquake and/or Tsunami. They are hundreds of miles away but their house shook violently. My mother in law stated that it was like being on a boat out in the ocean. She was sick for the rest of the day but was better by the next day.

    I just want to state that I agree the American Red Cross is the best way for Americans to donate to this cause. This is the organization that Japanese people living in America are being told to donate thru.

    We made a donation thru the American Red Cross and we told my mother in law. She thanked us very much for our donation.

    Any amount you can give is greatly needed and will be greatly appreciated by the citizens of Japan.

    Thanks,

    David M

  7. Everyday Tips says

    Smart idea to share the Red Cross info.

    So much loss. It is so scary to think about everything being fine the night before, then all the sudden an earthquake, a tsunami, and then fear of nuclear fallout.

  8. engin33r says

    I would think the US could be the white knight here. Aside from ships/supplies we’ll be providing in the upcoming weeks, it would be nice in my opinion if the US started the ball rolling on the right foot here. We should offer 1 billion dollars in financial aid to japan (0.03% of our total annual budget for those naysayers). After all the ongoing negative press about big banks, greed, etc, I would like the US people to remember that our humanitarian efforts are why we deserve to remain the #1 economy in the world.

    I believe the money could be used to transport supplies/food/temporary shelters to the people in need. Also it would tell the other nations that they need to step up their game (a real life snow-ball effect).

    • david M says

      I agree with you that the US SHOULD do this. I will be very happily surprised if we do.

      On a per person basis, I think the US government will end up giving much less than other developed countries.

      Hopefully the citizens of the US will step to the plate and give generously to Japan. I have given a large donation, BUT, my wife is from Japan. Would I have given had this not been the case, I’m not sure.

  9. Afford-Anything.com says

    Remember: the IRS wrote new guidelines last year that make donations sent by text-message easier to claim on your taxes as a deduction.

    Rather than having to furnish a donation receipt, you’re now allowed to show the IRS your phone bill as proof of donation.

  10. Squirrelers says

    The videos of the tsunami impact are simply horrific. Hard to imagine the grief that people are feeling there, as they would have lost family or friends while being rendered homeless. Whole communities were basically wiped out. After all that, to be dealing with a nuclear crisis, is awful. Let’s hope this doesn’t develop into anything close to Chernobyl.

    No thanks to living in a low-lying area directly prone to water disasters, be it a tsunami or hurricane.

    Thank you for sharing the Red Cross information.

  11. Forest says

    My heart is sinking right now between people dying in Earthquakes and revolutions. I just finished making a donation to the British Red Cross for Japan.

    When any of us make any complaints we should just think about what these people in disaster areas are going through and you soon realise how easy you have it.

  12. DoNotWait says

    Thank’s for the hint on Japan, Sam! My only hope is that all the donations serve for good. My heart breaks everytime I see how Haiti is still messed up despite all the help and money. I mean, I know it can take years and years for the recovery, but there are still so many persons living in tents. Hope it gets better for them, as well as for Japan!

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