Help (with a Side of Hummus)

by Tokyo Terrace on March 23, 2011

It has been just over a week since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but it feels like it’s been a month. So much has happened. Every time I turn on the television, I am reminded of the loss so many of the Japanese people are dealing with right now and my heart breaks a little more, and a little more. It has been stunning to watch how the Japanese have handled this catastrophe. Calm and collected, as always, they have shown the world that it is possible to get through hardship without making things worse with greed and violent behavior.  By showing compassion to others and taking things in stride, they have been a wonderful example to the rest of us. It’s beautiful to see such grace in the midst of something that might otherwise have very little silver lining.

While most of us cannot be side by side with the people of Japan who need the most help, we can provide for them through the charities and organizations listed below. If you haven’t already taken a moment to donate, please do. In no more than 5 minutes you can help more than you can imagine. So, spread a little red pepper hummus on some whole grain bread and top it with fresh baby spinach leaves, have a seat at your computer, and find out how you can help.

If there are more links I should add to the list, please include them in the comment section and I will update the list as often as possible.

  • Tokyo Union Church
  • Second Harvest Japan
  • Japanese Red Cross Society
  • Salvation Army Japan
  • Hands for Japan (They are matching dollar for dollar to double your contributions to the Red Cross)
  • Humane Society International
  • Japan Animal Welfare Society
  • First Giving
  • World Vision – http://www.worldvision.org/#/h…
  • Shelter Box (UK based) – http://www.shelterbox.org/dona…
  • International Medical Corps – http://www.internationalmedica…
  • Bake for the Quake
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    • http://twitter.com/GourmetFury Melody Fury ♥ Food!

      I’m looking for a list just like this. @Gourmeted and I are organizing http://bakeforthequake.com. Stay in touch and thinking about you.

    • http://twitter.com/fitterthanchoc Kayla

      It breaks my heart too when I watch the news. I really wish I can do more to help those in Japan, but I think nothing is better than monetary donations at this time.

      I did a post about 2 weeks back and some other organizations that are not in your list are:

      World Vision – http://www.worldvision.org/#/home/main/japan-earthquake-1-1-1357
      Shelter Box (UK based) – http://www.shelterbox.org/donate.php
      International Medical Corps – http://www.internationalmedicalcorps.org/Page.aspx?pid=332

      Facebook also has a page that offers new ways to help. http://www.facebook.com/DisasterRelief . Do note that even in such a trying time, there are scam artists around. It’s best to give to established organizations.

    • http://shichimi.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/aftermath-afterthoughts/ Aftermath & Afterthoughts « Shichimi (7 Flavors)

      [...] UPDATE: Fellow blogger Tokyo Terrace also has a good list of organizations accepting donations. 36.238038 137.972034 GA_googleAddAttr("AdOpt", "0"); [...]

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