It’s hard to fathom the devastation people of Japan have endured this past weekend with the Japan earthquake and tsunami damage. The loss of life, homes and entire villages breaks my heart. I’ve watched numerous videos of the tsunami raging over land in mere seconds and carrying away everything in its path. It’s mind-boggling how quickly it all happens. A friend of mine tweeted this video, which is an incredible first-person account of the moment the tsunami hit in the town of Kesennuma in the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan. It starts as a small wash of water and turns into the most incredible raging river that seems unending and unyielding.
After seeing this, if you’re like me, you’ll just want to do something for the people of Miyagi and all of Japan. I can’t even imagine what it will take to rebuild a city like this or how long, but I know they can’t do it alone. To help, consider a donation to one of these organizations, which are already in place and helping people in need.
- Red Cross: They have already launched operations in Japan. To donate, go to RedCross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.
- Save The Children: Children are the most vulnerable when disaster strikes. Donate at SaveTheChildren.org.
- Doctors Without Borders: is sending two three-person teams to the Iwate and Miyagi prefectures in Japan. To learn more about the organization’s efforts or make a donation, visit Doctorswithoutborders.org.
- Google has launched the Person Finder: 2011 Japan Earthquake to help connect people who may have been displaced due to the disaster. Google has also launched a crisis response page filled with local resources and emergency information.
Text, Donate and Share This Today
If you know of other organizations that you’d like to share with readers, please leave them in the comments sections of this post. It’s easy to put off giving a donation until tomorrow, but don’t. Do it today and know that you’ve done something to help. Please tweet, Facebook or share this post and inspire your friends to act too. Feel free to toot your own giving horn too and put it in the comments.
Tomorrow we can get back to talking fashion, but today I feel compelled to put this message out. Thanks for all your generosity of spirit and dollars. You guys are the best!