Thank you very much for your kind words and thoughts on the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster in Japan. When my family (temporarily) exited Tokyo last Friday, I was finally able to eat and sleep. Now I realized how worried I was for their safety with all that talk on a potential subsequent earthquake to hit Tokyo.
However, my heart goes out to people in the beautiful Northeast Japan. I’m hearing from my friend NP/PAs who are there right now that people, despite their losses of family members, homes, and many more, are sharing, remaining strong, and helping out each other in order to rebuild their community.
I have been doing my research on relief organizations. Most relief organizations in Japan do not have an English website nor accept donations by credit card. Therefore, the following are the best ways to donate to aid the victims of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and I urge you to consider helping Japan out:
Japan Red Cross. Their website doesn’t allow credit card transactions, but you can through the Google Crisis page. Not sure if it’s tax deductible.
Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund. 100% will be forwarded to Japan relief efforts. Tax-deductible.
Japanese Medical Society of America. 100% will be forwarded to Japanese hospitals affected by the earthquake/tsunami and relief organizations. Tax-deductible.
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City - Japan Earthquake Fund. 100% will be forwarded to Japan relief efforts. Tax-deductible.
Please note that American Red Cross, despite having collected 47million dollars since the start of the earthquake in Japan, has forwarded only 10million to Japan Red Cross so far (CNN article). Of course, red cross does good work around the world, but if you are looking specifically to give to Japan, I recommend the websites above.
Also, if you know of anyone who wants to go for a medical mission in Japan, please contact me. I am going to continue doing what I can from here.
Praying for Japan,
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