AID FOR JAPAN
The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan has left the country with thousands dead, and thousands more mourning. Having been hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, this disaster is already becoming one of the most expensive in history and it could get worse with the situation on the Fukushimi power plant.
Now, we all know every little bit counts, so here are just a few of the ways you could help the victims by just the click of your mouse.
1. Buy a Poster
W+K Studio has designed a print to raise relief funds and are asking for a donation of at least $25 per print, with 100% of the profits going to the relief effort. The W+K Studio Tokyo office is still deciding which NPO the funds will be going to.
2. Text to Donate
The American Red Cross has once again launched a texting campaign to raise money for relief efforts in the Pacific region. Last year, the American Red Cross was able to through simple text donations. If you would like to donate to the American Red Cross for Japan Earthquake Relief, just text REDCROSS to 90999. Each text will provide $10 towards the Red Cross’s humanitarian efforts.
3. Donate via Facebook
The American Red Cross has also to raise at least $25,000 for relief efforts. By logging in to The Red Cross Facebook, you can donate anywhere from $10 to $500 to help Tsunami victims and their families. As of publishing time, the Causes campaign has raised over $40,000 from over 1,000 donors and 3,000 promoters.
4. Buy Virtual Goods
Virtual sweet potatoes and the Japanese Tsunami may not seem related, but buying digital crops could help children affected by the earthquake. Zynga, known for its effective social good campaigns, has partnered with Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Emergency Fund to get its users to donate money through the purchase of virtual goods in CityVille, FrontierVille, FarmVille and its other games.
100% of the proceeds from the purchase of sweet potatoes in CityVille, radishes in FarmVille or kobe cows in FrontierVille will go towards Save the Children’s efforts to provide relief in the Pacific. The world’s largest social gaming company is shooting to raise $2 million for relief efforts. Zynga over the last few years with these types of social good campaigns, most notably for the relief efforts in Haiti.
5. Embed Some Code
If you run a website and want to get your customers or users involved in relief efforts, all you need to do is embed a simple snippet of code. The places a simple message at the top of your website with just a few lines of code. The service, which is in private beta, has decided to open its doors to anybody willing to help the victims of the crisis in Japan. Simply sign up with the invite code “helpjapan” and you can quickly get the code snippet you need to embed a customized Hello Bar that will drive donations. Check out for more instructions on how to add the donation bar to the top of your website.
6. Ways to Help on Twitter
Harness the power of your Twitter account to do some good for the people of Japan. Earlier this morning, Twitter detailing ways you can help with the relief efforts. Not only have they updated Japan’s mobile website with the latest information on the disaster, but they have also published a list of hashtags to tweet and/or follow related to the crisis.
Here are some key hashtags to remember:
- #Jishin: focuses around general earthquake information
- #Anpi: a hashtag for the confirmation of the safety of individuals or places
- #Hinan: Evacuation information
- #311care: a hashtag regarding medical information for the victims
- #PrayforJapan: A general hashtag for support and best wishes for victims of the crisis
7. Donate via iTunes
Apple is also . Donate anywhere from $5 to $200 via iTunes and the proceeds will go to the Red Cross with just a few clicks.