How Can You Help Japan?

by Katie Essner on March 14, 2011

When an earthquake nearly destroyed Haiti in 2009, people from all over the world turned to Facebook, Twitter and text messages to donate funds for relief. So when a tsunami and earthquake devastated parts of Japan, multiple organizations turned to social media to aid those in need. Here’s how you can help:

Facebook for Good

  • The Red Cross Causes page on Facebook allows users to donate from $10 to $500 to help tsunami victims and their families.
  • FarmVille and CityVille creator Zynga teamed up with Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Emergency Fund so Facebook users can help out while playing games online. For each radish purchased in FarmVille or sweet potato in CityVille, Zynga will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the charity.

Photo courtesy of the American Red Cross

Text to Donate

  • Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone to the American Red Cross.

Music for Those in Need

  • iTunes has partnered with the American Red Cross to create a special page just for donations. Starting at $5, users can chose to donate through their iTunes accounts.
  • When she’s not playing one of the world’s most famous pop stars, Lady Gaga offers a helping hand. Purchase one of these “We Pray for Japan” bracelets for $5 and all proceeds go to relief efforts.

Help the Animals

  • Countless animals were left wounded and homeless after the natural disasters hit Japan. Here are several organizations helping those animals in need.
  • has promised to donate $1 for each “Like” received on the “Dog Bless You” Facebook page.

Donate Online

  • Global Giving has dedicated its home page to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Give as little as $25 to help the disaster emergency relief.
  • The American Red Cross is accepting donations starting at $10 on their website.

Tweet to Stay Up-to-Date

  • Stay informed on the crisis by following the hashtags #PrayforJapan, #311care, #Jishin, #Anpi and #Hinan.
  • The American Red Cross is also using their Twitter page to publish the latest updates and information about relief efforts.

With all the ways to donate, we encourage you to find the one that works best for you and help take part in the relief.