Japan is enduring the effects of its worst-ever natural disaster… and the horrible tragedy just gets worse. Japanese officials estimate that thousands have been killed, tens of thousands are missing, and countless people have been injured and lost their homes.
The 8.9 magnitude earthquake caused a 22-foot tsunami, which was followed by more than 50 aftershocks.
Now I’ve been hearing about disgusting horrible people that have actually launched scams, pretending to be charitable organizations. Really?!? There’s a special place in hell for people like that.
Here’s a list of a few legitimate charities if you’re looking for a place to donate some money to help:
Canadian Red Cross 1-800-418-1111
The Canadian Red Cross is supporting relief, evacuation and emergency response efforts with donations to its Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami fund. Wireless users can text ASIA to 30333 to make a one-time $5 donation.
Humanitarian Coalition 1-800-464-9154
The Japanese Red Cross requests that if you want to donate money to the affected population of earthquake and tsunami, please contact your national Red Cross/Crescent society (see above).
Doctors Without Borders 1-800-982-7903
Medical and logistics teams from Doctors Without Borders rely mainly on donations to support field operations for medical assistanc in the worst-hit areas in Japan’s Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.
An International Medical Corps emergency response team is on the ground in Sendai, Japan and is coordinating with local officials to support response efforts, fill critical gaps and deliver supplies. They plan to access coastal communities that have not yet been reached to assess post-disaster conditions, determine needs and plan a response accordingly. In addition, International Medical Corps has four medical teams on standby and is ready to airlift additional supplies as needed. Wireless users can text MED to 80888 to make a one-time $10 donation.
International Development and Relief Foundation 1-800-497-IDRF (4373)
IDRF (International Development and Relief Foundation) is in the process of making plans to facilitate a response from our supporters to the immense devastation in Japan.
World Vision 1-800-268-5528
World Vision is a leading Christian relief, development and advocacy organization. They are focusing on providing vital relief supplies in Japan, and setting up child-friendly spaces in affected areas.
Canadians can find out how to provide assistance to Japan through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade website, where there is a list of experienced humanitarian organizations.