This was the first thing I saw this morning when I fired up my laptop:
Since then, I’ve seen the news accounts and the horrifying videos: Homes bouncing like rail cars, entire communities swept away by walls of water, buildings engulfed in flames.
It’s impossible to comprehend such destruction.
It’s also natural, I think, to want to help. So here are a few ways to lend a hand, courtesy of the Huffington Post:
Save the Children is currently organizing efforts … and donations to its Children’s Emergency Fund will support outreach.
International Medical Corps is responding to the health needs of the disaster’s victims. To donate … to its medical response, visit Internationalmedicalcorps.org. Also, text MED to 80888 from any mobile phone to give $10.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is sending two three-person teams to the Iwate and Miyagi prefectures in Japan. To learn more … or make a donation, visit Doctorswithoutborders.org.
Along with an appeal for monetary donations, Operation USA has also announced efforts to collect bulk corporate donations of health care supplies. If you are interested in donating bulk medical items, visit OpUSA.org.
Google has also stepped up. Among other resources, they’ve created a “personfinder” site that lets you either seek or provide information about missing persons. So far, 20,500 records have been updated.
It’s strange to be sitting in my home office, warm and comfortable, knowing that so many people are suffering half a world away. But it’s also comforting to know that there’s something—however insignificant—I can do to help.
If you haven’t already, I urge you to make a donation to your favorite relief organization. Even $10 can help make a difference to someone who has lost everything.
My thoughts are with my friends in Japan tonight.