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Japan Tsunami: How to Donate

(Reuters) - Japan confronted devastation along its northeastern coast on Saturday, with fires raging and parts of some cities under water after a massive earthquake and tsunami that likely killed at least 1,000 people.

Daybreak was expected to reveal the full extent of the death and damage from Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the 10-meter high tsunami it sent surging into cities and villages, sweeping away everything in its path.


[Via] The American Red Cross and Salvation Army have announced ways to donate to the relief cause by texting.

Donors can text “Japan” to 80888 to donate $10 to Salvation Army efforts.  They can visit for terms and conditions and should respond “Yes” to a “Thank you” message they receive.

Donors can text “Redcross” to 90999 to donate the same amount to that organization.

Donations can always be made online to or

The following are just a few other charity groups in the mix for Japan relief donations. They also meet the BBB’s charity accountability standards:

* Oxfam America -

* World Vision -

* Catholic Relief Services -

[Via Vancouver Sun] How to donate to help victims of the devastating tsunami:



Red Cross:


Canadians wishing to help support relief efforts underway in Japan are encouraged to contribute by donating online, calling 1-800-418-1111 or contacting their local Red Cross office.


Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.


As of today, Canadians can donate to the Society via text messaging. Donors interested in this option must simply text REDCROSS to 30333 and a one-time donation of $5 for the Haiti Earthquake fund will be added to their mobile phone bill. The charge will be posted once the donor responds to a confirmation text. Text messaging donations are available in $5 increments*.


*Standard messaging rates and additional fees may apply to donation texts. All charges are billed by and payable to the mobile service provider. The service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the Canadian Red Cross by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at Donors can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to 30333.


Global giving


You can donate to relief efforts in Japan by visiting their website.




Visit the Oxfam website to donate to tsunami victims.




CARE offices in Asia are on high alert and have ensured that staff are informed of the tsunami warnings and other related developments. In the Philippines, CARE’s partner organization has assisted five villages on the coast to evacuate inhabitants.


CARE’s emergency staff is currently standing by and will continue to be ready to assist should the tsunami hit the coasts of developing nations such as Indonesia or Papua New Guinea.


Visit the website to donate.

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