Sunday, March 13, 2011

News: Japan Needs Our Help

Following what will go down as the most powerful earthquake in their history and a violently strong Tsunami, millions of people on and near Japan's northeastern coast are now subsisting on rice balls and instant noodles,  lacking power as well as clean drinking water. 1,000 people have been confirmed dead and there is over 100,000 reported missing and officials in Miyagi city estimate that the death toll there will  likely reach 10,000.

To add to the looming troubles, 2 nuclear reactors have been damaged, one of which is currently thought to be teetering on the brink of a possible meltdown. All of this comes as a great blow to the Japanese people and while many of us here in the states are embroiled in our own sorrows we must not forget our brothers and sisters in Japan who desperately need our assistance. 1.4 million people over there have been without water since Thursday and 2.5 have been without electricity....take a moment and grasp that if you will...

I urge you to look into your hearts and donate to one of the following agencies below:

American Red CrossEmergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. This disaster is on a scale larger than the Japanese Red Cross can typically manage. Donations to the American Red Cross can be allocated for the International Disaster Relief Fund, which then deploys to the region to help Donate Here 

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Donate Here

International Medical Corps: Putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. Donate Here

Shelter Box: The first team is mobilizing to head to Japan and begin the response effort. Donate Here

Save The Children: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Donate Here

Convoy Of Hope: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Donate Here

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