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. This post discusses how to help Japan. After all, this is Financial Samurai.
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!
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 Japan! If you want to know how to help Japan, keep spreading the word.
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