I want to start off by saying Happy Anniversary to my boyfriend John! It's been 3 years today that I've been lucky enough to call you my love and, although you've already made me the happiest girl, I know it's just the beginning. Thank you for being there for me through the good times and the bad. I adore you.
Secondly (and I know this doesn't really "fit" with my anniversary message), but I've been meaning to write about Japan. My heart breaks when I see the videos of the earthquake, tsunami and threats of nuclear devastation that plague this country. I wish there was so much more I could do, but this kind of tragedy tends to leave us all feeling helpless. Although there are so many more, I've collected 20 different ways to help out...
plan to donate all proceeds to Doctors Without Borders. Below you'll find 3 prints that are on sale right now...
The American Red Cross is working with the Japanese Red Cross to assess their needs. To contribute, go to redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. A $10 donation can also be made by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
Doctors Without Borders is running mobile clinics and conducting needs assessments. They are drawing on unrestricted donations, and are not accepting donations specifically earmarked for recovery efforts in Japan. Donations can be made at doctorswithoutborders.org or by phone 1-888-392-0392.
The Japan Society has created a disaster relief fund to aid victims. To donate go to japansociety.org.
The Japanese Medical Society of America aims to fund the acute and future medical needs arising from the current situation in Japan. This will include not only the physical aspects but also the mental health issues. You can donate on their Web site at jmsa.org.
The Salvation Army has three emergency service relief teams working in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami. One of the teams is assisting people who have been evacuated from areas threatened by the damage of nuclear power plants. Text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a $10 donation. (Make sure to respond “YES” to the Thank You message you receive.) Go to salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Save the Children has a team in Sendai, one of the worst-affected areas, establishing an operations base to help the most vulnerable children and their families. To make a donation, visit savethechildren.org, call 1-800-728-3843, or text “JAPAN” to 20222 to donate $10.
Shelterbox.org is a disaster-relief organization that focuses on providing survival materials such as tents and cooking equipment to families displaced by disasters. Please visit their website to make an online donation.
Although some of these were mentioned above, here is a list of organizations that are conveniently collecting donations by text:
American Red Cross: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10
International Medical Corps: Text MED to 80888 to donate $10
Save the Children: Text JAPAN or TSUNAMI to 20222 to donate $10
Mercy Corps: Text MERCY to 25283 to donate $10
Salvation Army: Text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to donate $10
ADRA Relief: Text SUPPORT to 85944 to donate $10
World Vision: Text 4JAPAN or 4TSUNAMI to 20222 to donate $10
I also wanted to spread the word about concerts happening around NYC to benefit Japan...
Abrons Arts Center Henry Street Settlement
Finally, did you really expect to visit my blog without hearing about the animals? There are millions of animals in Japan traumatized by this disaster and in need of aid. Here are 5 ways to help out our furry friends:
Donate to the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support Group.