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Monday, April 11, 2011

Japan on my Mind

When I heard about the 7.1 aftershock in Japan the other day, it made me think about how
we can help the tsunami victims. One way that our Rotary club is helping the victims
is by taking the 'happy' and 'sad' dollars for the past 3 or 4 weeks and donating them to
a reputable firm. This brings me to: 'what makes a reputable firm?' Since I have
this space, I thought that we might be able to help you out by giving you some examples of reputable firms.

We start off with the Red Cross. The Red Cross has been around for many years and has roots and
ties to communities, both domestically and internationally. The Red Cross is known for getting the job done and done efficiently. Another great organization is World Vision. They are a faith based organization that helps other countries in times of distress as well as in times of peace. World Vision provides many ways to enable you to help with all groups around the world and allows you to pick how your money will be used when you donate. Because so many people have different views and feelings toward donating to disaster relief programs, we have suggested a main stream program, Red Cross, and a faith based program, World Vision.

As a precaution, we advise you to research these different programs so you can feel that
your money is going to a worthy program and will bring the biggest amount of relief to
Japan. There are groups to watch out for as some companies will say that they are for relief
but will only provide 10 cents on the dollar to Japan or other disaster relief areas. Hopefully
we have made it easy for you. If you would like to donate and help impacted areas of Japan,
please see the links that we have provided for you below.

Red Cross:

World Vision

1 comment:

  1. These are both good organizations. We have been longtime supporters of Operation Blessing and have come to know their work firsthand. Here's a story on what they're doing in Japan.