I'm posting a lot recently, but there's been this incredible outpouring of charity on a forum I post on and over $14000 has been donated (and verified via posted receipts) to aid in Japan.
I know some of you are like me and don't have a ton of scratch to spare, so here are some links:
I am donating blood tomorrow. Did you know the Red Cross estimates that only 5% of eligible donors give blood? They have their flaws as an organization (the no sodomy rule is a killer) but blood saves lives, and it's easy to give and you get a cookie when you're done.
Find a blood donation site (via AABB - includes Red Cross centers) here
Find a Red Cross donation center here
Find an American Blood Center here.
Know a lot of people with red, blood-pumping hearts? Talk to your job, your church, your social club or whtever about hosting a blood drive. Give blood, get cookies.
Want to give money but don't have much?
-For the next 14 hours, Living Social is matching $5 contributions here.
-Crunchy Roll is matching up to $5,000 contributions here.
-Check with your bank/job before you donate, some are matching donations as well. I'm trying to find a list of those. The Red Cross also has a searchable database
of places that will match donations.
Just wanna give money?
-Consider going through iTunes if you have an iTunes account. 100% is going to the Red Cross.
-Be wary of the text-to-donate plans; many phone companies don't make the donation until AFTER you pay the bill it appears on - 90 days is a long time to wait.
-Remember to do research on charities before you donate. The ones I've heard are best are the Red Cross
, Doctors Without Borders
, and The Search Dog Foundation
. - Your milage may vary.
-If you, like me, prefer fluffy puppies to most people, you can also give to WorldVets
, which is the Red Cross for animals.
I know no one likes to hear it, but in these cases, money is the most helpful thing
-I remember hearing about people who flew to Haiti to help, and had no transportation, didn't speak the language, and had no useful skills. Don't go to a disaster zone unless you are with an aid organization.
-Things like blankets and canned goods might make you feel good to donate, but think of the cost it takes for you to buy it and people to transport it. Aid groups can get these things for cheaper than you, and they can get them closer to the disaster zone, so it costs less to get there. Also, they know what's appropriate and what's needed.
I am touched, you guys, at the generosity I've seen today, and don't forget the auction at help_japan
where you can find any damn thing you want from any number of talented people.
Also, you know what this list could use? Some non-US links. If you know of any, please leave a comment.
Also accepting links to US-based charities that are doing good work.
And please boost the signal, I'm leaving this unlocked so more people know about these things - or