As the country of Japan is going through a time of terrible devastation, many people want to do what they can to help. But halfway across the world, what can any of us in America possibly do to help? Most of us will not be able to go to Japan to physically help the country and her people. However, there are several ways that we can help with the relief efforts and show our support!
1. Paper Cranes for Japan
Students Rebuild is partnering with DoSomething.org to give young people a way to help with “Paper Cranes for Japan”. Help and encourage your child(ren) to get involved by helping them make a paper crane and then mail it to Students Rebuild. For each crane received $2 will be donated to Architecture for Humanity’s reconstruction efforts in Japan. Their goal is 100,000 cranes, which will amount to $200,000! Not only that, but once the 100,000 goal is reached the cranes will be made into an art piece as a gift from students around the world to the youth of Japan! How awesome is that? Visit Students Rebuild for all of the details, including a video of how to make a paper crane!
2. Pray for Japan Ribbon
The San Diego South Chamber of Commerce has launched a campaign to support the victims of Japan with an app that stamps a ‘Pray For Japan’ ribbon on any picture for you to display on your social networking profiles. Add a red Pray for Japan Ribbon on all of your social media profile pictures at this website!
3. Watch and Share
The YouTube celeb Ryan Higa is doing something awesome to help Japan. He went out to the streets of L.A. with a “Honk If You Love Japan” sign and donated $10 for every honk he got in one hour. This totaled $600. But he is also donating $600 for every one million views this video gets. So, even if you are not in a position to donate money to Japan right now, you can help raise support just by watching this video and sharing it with all your friends!
4. Spread the Word!
One of the best ways you can help is by promoting ways for others to get involved through your blog, facebook, twitter, etc! By sharing links of ways to donate and help you will inspire others to do what they can to help in whatever ways they can!
5. “Like” this Facebook Page
6. Buy a “Blessed” Necklace
For every “Blessed” necklace that is sold, The Rusted Chain will donate $10 to World Vision to help Japan. What a great way to get involved! Buy a necklace as a special gift for someone who needs some encouragement and help raise money for Japan all at the same time! Click here to find out more information.
7. Buy and/or Sell on eBay
Do you buy or sell on eBay? Visit this page to see how you can raise money for Japan with your eBay transactions!
Organize a bake sale at your church or school. Have a yard sale with some neighbors. Be creative and get your kids involved in helping. Explain to them what you are doing and why you are doing it. They will love knowing that they are having a part in helping others!
An easy way to raise even more money is to ask around until you can find a local company who will sponsor a matching gift drive. Once you find a company that is willing to do this, advertise with posters and signs around your town to let others know and to maximize your efforts.
This is an obvious way for us to help, but an effective way none-the-less! There are tons of different organizations offering relief in Japan that you can choose to donate to. My advice for this would be to make sure you donate to an organization that will use your money wisely to make a difference in a way that is important to you! World Vision is one example of an organization you can donate to. A quick Google search will help you find many more!
I saved this for last because I believe that prayer is the most effective thing we can do to help the people of Japan right now! Prayer is such a powerful way that EVERYONE can help – young or old, male or female, rich or poor! Spend a few moments in prayer throughout the day asking God to provide for, protect, and bless the people of Japan. Put yourself in the Japanese people’s shoes for a moment. What would you want others to pray for you for? Safety, family, food, a place to stay, protection, His mercy and grace, comfort…..on and on the list could go.
Get your children involved in this also! God loves to hear and answer the simple prayer of faith that comes from the heart of an innocent child! Talk to your children about what happened in Japan and then pray with them for God to be with Japan and her people as they are going through such a devastating time.
As you are in prayer for Japan, don’t forget to offer your thanksgivings to God for all that He has blessed you with! There might be things that we are struggling with right now, but most of us have a warm place to stay, clothes to wear, food to eat, and family and friends to love and laugh with. As I mentioned before, put yourself in the place of the Japanese people. Really stop and think about what has happened to them and what they are going through right now. This will greatly help us to put things into perspective and give us a heart of gratitude as we do what we can to help the people of Japan!
These are just some of the ways that we can share our help and support with Japan. I’m sure there are many other organizations and ways to help that I did not mention. Can you think of any other ways to help and support Japan? If so, please leave them in the comments and don’t forget to spread the word!