Wednesday is Community Day here at Taking it to the Streets
And today I am presenting to you, my first ever guest bloggers! I asked my adult nephew Jonah P. Keegan and his wife Nayumi Mitsuka Keegan to write about what we can do to help Japan. Here’s their post:
As you watch the tragic aftermath of Japan’s massive earthquake unfolding, you may be wondering how you can help.
Our family has relatives in Sendai we hope are safe, but still have not been able to confirm their survival.
If you are in America, or the Western Hemisphere, it might seem difficult to do anything effective, or find a cause that will make a different on the other side of the world. But, there are things you can do, whether contributing cash, or leaving comments for Japanese at home and abroad struggling to deal with the vast destruction in their homeland. Whatever you can afford, or feel comfortable doing, your thoughts, prayers, and messages do matter, and they will make a difference.
Rather than list some of the trustworthy programs already working to help the people of Japan, I will point you to the Christian Science Monitor, which has assembled a great list:
One of the fastest ways to help is with a text message to either the Red Cross or Salvation Army, both of which are active in major Japanese cities and many local communities. To donate to the Salvation Army, text ‘Japan’ or ‘Quake’ to 80888. Text ‘RedCross’ to 90999 to donate to its fund set up in response to the disaster.
I hope you will keep the people of Japan in your heart as rescue & recovery efforts continue, and the threat of radioactive contamination remains.