Japan Earthquake: How You Can Help

Seven ways to donate and spread awareness

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 14, 2011 9:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – If the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan has you feeling helpless, turn to Mashable. The site rounds up seven ways you can do something—even if you’re broke:

  • Like a page: For each person that “likes” the “Dog Bless You” Facebook page for search and rescue dogs, Explore.org will donate $1.
  • Use Twitter hashtags: Hashtags to tweet or follow include #Jishin for general information, #Anpi to confirm the safety of people or places, #Hinan for evacuation info, and #311care for medical care info.

  • Buy digital crops: Purchase virtual goods in Zynga games—radishes in FarmVille, sweet potatoes in CityVille, or kobe cows in FrontierVille—and 100% of the proceeds will go to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Emergency Fund.
  • Just plain donate: You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10, or donate more via the Red Cross’s Facebook Causes campaign—you can even donate via iTunes.
Visit Mashable for more information, links, and the complete list.

A Japanese rescue team member walks through the completely leveled village of Saito in northeastern Japan Monday, March 14, 2011.
A Japanese rescue team member walks through the completely leveled village of Saito in northeastern Japan Monday, March 14, 2011.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
A Japanese couple stop to rest along a highway as they carry their belongings away form their destroyed village of Saito in northeastern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011.
A Japanese couple stop to rest along a highway as they carry their belongings away form their destroyed village of Saito in northeastern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011.   (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
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