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How Can You Help Japan?

How Can You Help Japan?

Photo: Please Donate to Japan Flickr. Please donate for Japan earthquake.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

March 17, 2011

Japan may be half a world away but you can still make a difference in the lives of those who survived the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11th.

While you may be a poor college student, or about to become a poor college student, there are little ways for you to give back to families who have lost loved ones and homes.

Here’s what we’ve uncovered this week:


Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters Bracelet

Last Friday, according to MTV, Lady Gaga tweeted that she had created a wristband for all of her “Little Monsters,” saying all proceeds from the sale would go to Japanese disaster relief. The wristband has “We Pray for Japan” written in both English and Japanese, along with an image of Lady Gaga’s signature monster claw.

The wristband is just $5 and can be purchased here.

Red Cross Donation or Fundraiser

The Red Cross website provides ways for your entire school to raise money for Japan. From dodgeball tournaments to bake sales to restaurant fundraisers, Red Cross provides step-by-step guides on how to plan and make your event a success.

Make a habit out of volunteering — find out why it’s important.

Helping Japan by organizing a fundraiser not only makes you feel good, it looks good. An accomplishment like that will garner a lot of attention on your scholarship and admission applications.

Also, last Friday, celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Jimmy Fallon were encouraging their Twitter followers to text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Katy Perry joined in too and made a very valid point. She tweeted, "Imagine… if we ALL texted REDCROSS to 90999, we’d have raised over 60 million dollars for JAPAN REFLIEF! BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE! BE!”

The Red Cross is still accepting donations via text; the amount is simply added to your next phone bill.

DoSomething.org Paper Cranes

If you can’t send money or organize an event, just send love. DoSomething.org is asking students to make a paper crane, take a photo and post to their Facebook page in the spirit of solidarity. Japanese legend says that 1,000 paper cranes equals one wish. Their goal is to have 100,000 photos of paper cranes to total 100 wishes.

If you don’t know how to make a paper crane, DoSomething asks that you simply find one on the web to post.


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