For Japan with Love + More Ways to Help

by Tokyo Terrace on March 20, 2011

I have tried several times over the past few days to sit down and write a more recent post. All of my words seem inadequate. I’d like to first thank all of you who expressed concern for our safety and who have followed up with us with more love and support than we could even imagine. It has been a truly humbling experience to read the words of encouragement, even from those on twitter that I have never met face to face. Many of you have asked about our experience in Tokyo in the days that followed after the earthquake, so I would like to share a bit about that eventually. However, I would rather fill this space today with words to encourage you, even if you’ve donated already, to give what you can to relief efforts in Japan. There are so many organizations that are donating money and I’ve included the links at the end of this post.  It can be such a helpless feeling, watching the devastation that has changed so many lives forever. Likely the lives of all the Japanese people from now on. They have done nothing to deserve such sadness. I’m not going to ask you not to buy your usual cup of coffee, but please, at the very least, match what you spend on daily extras and send it to the people in Japan who have less than nothing.

In addition to For Japan with Love, here is a list of our favorite charities. Please add more to the list in the comment section of this post and I’ll add them to the list below. I’d love to hear of any and EVERY way we can help.

  • 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
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    • http://twitter.com/jjwalsh jj walsh

      Thanks for your post,
      If you are in Japan, you can also send any warm clothes or useful winter gear (boots, etc) to the Salvation Army Tokyo who alongside the other charities mentioned above are doing a great job supporting the survivors in the North who are now in great need of help. Please pay for your own postage, or hand deliver to their KOTO branch (I called yesterday and they said, “Yes, please send warm clothes”)

      Salvation Army Tokyo: 4-11-3, Taihei, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 〒130-8686 TEL 03-3626-0738

      (send food stuffs withing sell by date & gloves, plates, cutlery to Second Harvest- no clothes or toys)
      Second Harvest Japan Disaster Relief Food Drive
      Mizuta bldg 1F Asakusabashi 4-5-1, Taito-ku, Tokyo
      111-0053
      Phone: 03-3838-3827
      Open hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-18:00

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the extra info! I’ve added the Salvation Army Tokyo to my list. I really appreciate the comment. Thanks and be well.

    • Brie

      i can understand the difficulty in having to relive the trauma through writing, but thanks for letting us know you’re safe and providing links so we can help. i have also been looking for animal rescues to donate to, but am unsure if the ones i’ve found are safe and if the money will definitely be going to Japan; i cannot help but want to help all the displaced pets as well. stay safe and let us know if we can continue to do anything further to help.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Brie! Thanks for your comment. Great question about how to help displaced pets. Here are a couple links I found by asking around on Twitter. I’ll let you know if I hear anything else, but this is a good place to start!

      https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Donation2?df_id=1713&1713.donation=form1&s_src=waynesblog

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110319/lf_ac/8095542_japan_animal_rescues_rush_to_save_pets_affected_by_earthquake_tsunami

      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-save-Japans-animals/142789439119633 (friends of @MelindaJoe)

    • Brie

      awesome! thanks so much! :)

    • http://www.brokenrecord.ca/foodblog camille

      I work at FirstGiving, we help nonprofits raise money online by letting their supporters make fundraising pages – and so as soon as we heard about the disaster, we got a fundraising portal up for it. We’ve got 11 charities participating right now, I think, unless more got added since I last checked. So if people don’t just want to donate, but raise money by asking THEIR friends and family, they can go to http://www.firstgiving.com/japan-disaster-relief and pick a charity to help.

    • http://www.manusmenu.com Manu

      Hi! I wish to express all my solidarity to the Japanese people.
      A group of food bloggers (including me) are organising an Online Bake Sale. All the money raised will be donated to Second Harvest Japan. If you are interesting in bidding or offering some baked goodies to be auctioned, please contact Sabrina at bakesale@thetomatotart.com or check http://www.thetomatotart.com/recipe/update-on-online-bake-sale-for-japan-meet-the-bakers/ And help us raise some dough!

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