ONCEKids: How To Help Victims of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami


ONCEKids and CEO Eileen Wacker have spent years in Asia learning, appreciating and loving the people, culture and rich history of the land.  We wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to friends, family and loved ones involved in today’s horrific earthquake and tsunami.

What can you do to help the people of Japan whose country has been devastated by a tsunami resulting from one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded?

President Obama this morning released a statement sending his “deepest condolences” and promising support to the stricken country. “The United States stands ready to help the Japanese people in this time of great trial,” the president said.

Many organizations and funds have mobilized to provide relief to those affected by the disaster:

The Red Cross has already launched efforts in Japan. Visit Redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.

International Medical Corps is responding to the health needs of the disaster’s victims.  To donate or learn about other ways you can contribute to their medical response, visit Internationalmedicalcorps.org. Also, text MED to 80888 from any mobile phone to give $10.

The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund was launched at GlobalGiving.org to garner funds for relief organizations helping victims and has already raised thousands, particularly from concerned Twitter users around the world.

For any who have loved ones abroad, Google has stepped up to help. Along with a tsunami alert posted on their front page, they’ve launched the Person Finder to help connect people that may have been displaced due to the disaster. Google has also launched a crisis response page filled with local resources and emergency information.