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As an international community filled with unique members from New York to Tokyo, we were devastated to learn about the tragic events that befell the country of Japan and the Pacific region this past Friday. One of our own – our amazing graphic designer Hikaru – is from Japan and still has family there. Our hearts go out to all our members in the area and anyone effected by last week’s earthquake and tsunami. Want to help? See ways you can aid in the relief efforts after the jump.

Donate to the American Red Cross’ Japanese relief efforts by texting REDCROSS to 90999. A $10 charge will appear on your monthly cell phone bill or prepaid balance.

International Medical Corps provides medical supplies and emergency medical response resources – text MED to 80888 from any mobile phone to give $10.

The Red Cross has also launched a donation effort through Causes on Facebook. Donation options range from $10 up to $500.

Explore.org has pledged to donate $1 for every Facebook “Like” on their Dog Bless You page, up to $100,000. The group is also sending it’s dog rescue team to help with search and rescue efforts.

Use these hashtags on Twitter to retweet or follow and help gather and spread information about the disaster and rescue efforts in Japan:

#Jishin: General earthquake information
#J_j_helpme: Requests for rescue or other aid
#Hinan: Evacuation information
#Anpi: Confirmation of safety of individuals, places, etc.
#311care: Medical information for victims

Apple has opened up their iTunes store for users to donate directly to the American Red Cross.

Google’s Crisis Response project provides donation outlets, alarm and warning resources, message boards, shelter info and emergency numbers for missing persons information.

Donate to Save the Children, Global Giving, Hands On or The American Red Cross through PayPal’s Donation page

Shelterbox is a great organization that supplies utility boxes complete with shelter and lifesaving equipment adequate for up to 10 people. Shelterbox also allows you to track your box so you know right when your donation arrives to it’s destination.

The Japanese retailing giant behind Uniqlo, Fast Retailing has pledged to make an upwards of 1.4 billion yen (roughly 17 million US dollars) donation to relief efforts and is also donating around 700 million yen (rought 8.5 million US dollars) in clothing from Uniqlo for the victims. The retailer will soon open up some of it’s close to 2,200 stores worldwide as clothing donation drop off points, including Uniqlo, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse tam.tam and Theory. Check stores near you to see when they will begin accepting donations.

BurdaStyle members are also pitching in. Nettevivante and mollykatherine are taking part in Japan Quake Appeal and gathering donations for Global Giving. The two are offering some of their gorgeous handmade pieces up for raffle on their respective blogs. Learn how you can help the aid efforts and potentially score nettevivante’s beautiful blouse or mollykatherine’s adorable playsuit.

If you know of any other relief efforts, donation points or ways to get involved, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. Always check to make sure you are dealing with a reputable organization before donating, head over to CharityNavigator.org to find a list of trusted charity organizations and relief efforts.


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    Mar 17, 2011, 01.40 PMby jj1


    ‎90% of the final sale price will support Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund – a GlobalGiving Project (10% is for the unseen fee)

    I made the pattern for this bag, if any of you want it, I’ll put in the auction as well. (no instruction, not for beginners). Us$ 5.00, same deal.

    I want to sew more stuffs for auction to support this fund but I don’t really know what people really want. Idea?
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    Mar 17, 2011, 07.42 AMby zaarissima

    Thank you for your post! We are shocked because of the news and pictures since the beginning of this disaster. The telvision in our house is running almost around the clock with CNN. First the Earthquake, then the Tsunami and now the Atomar Threat – we are stunned by how much people suffer. We felt helpless – only to see the news on TV and not knowing how we can help. Thanks so much for your post, now we have a point of contact to help a little.

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    Mar 16, 2011, 02.57 PMby momob

    Giving to the American Red Cross means that they will keep much of the donation here in the U.S. – give to the Japanese relief people. It will go much, much further. Supplies may have to be air-dropped in outlying areas where there are no passable roads, no electricity, no heat or food. Send the money where it will be used – Japan. Go to www.verypurpleperson.com Novita has instructions how to enter the raffle and who to donate to. This is one very sweet lady who is one of US. She won the Singer sewing machine contest held here recently! She designs some darling bags and her patterns are free right here.

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    Mar 16, 2011, 01.34 PMby momob

    A wonderful young woman that I “met” right here on this blog also lives in Japan, and many of us were so relieved to learn that she and her family are OK, although it took her husband many hours to reach home. Novita, who is known here and on her blog as “Very Purple Person”, and who shares her sewing talents and patterns with all of us, is sponsoring a raffle for those who donate. She is such a giving person! The need for food and water and warmth is greatest now.

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    Mar 16, 2011, 09.50 AMby ichigogirl

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve wondered how I can help Japan. I’m deeply concerned about the whole situation, and I also feel I owe the Japanese people so much, I will never be able to pay back what they’ve given me in experiences, generosity (and gifts) during my stays in Tokyo. But I haven’t known where to turn. I’m not sure the sites above work for me since I’m not in the USA, but I still really appreciate them, it’s nice to see everyone care. Does anyone know if f.ex. the Paypal-options work for non US residents?

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      Mar 16, 2011, 02.10 PMby nettevivante

      Dear ichigogirl,
      In cooperation with Verypurpleperson, mollykatherine and others we are holding raffles on our blogs. We all use ‘global giving’ as donation option. People from all over the world can make their donation quickly and save through paypal or creditcard. You can find detailed information about how to donate on our blogs, if you still have any problems.

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    Mar 15, 2011, 03.43 PMby nettevivante

    Some of the BurdaStyle members are taking part in ‘Japan Quake Appeal’, we are collecting some donations for ‘global giving’ through raffles.

    This is the blouse which can be won on my blog:


    mollykatherine is also participating and holding a raffle for this playsuit which was featured a week ago:


    It is only a little effort trying to raise as many donations as possible. Thank you.

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      Mar 15, 2011, 05.23 PMby nettevivante

      Would you like to hold one yourself? Or would you like to participate in order to win one of these prizes?

      The initiator is jojo from the blog ‘A Bit Of This and A Bit of That’. You can read here how to hold a raffle on your blog:


      For having a chance to win in a raffle you need to donate $10. Please read the blogposts of the raffles you would like to participate in.

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      Mar 15, 2011, 09.26 PMby wonderwonder

      Such a great idea & I appreciate for the inspiration.
      I decided to host a raffle on my Etsy store too!
      As a japanese living in abroad, I was so frustrated that I can’t help besides the donation. But this is another great way to donate even more! Thank you nettevivante :)



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    Mar 15, 2011, 02.27 PMby furaha1221

    Thank you for your helping& information. I’m in japan. In japan ,the people living at other place where not damaged have trying to send water,clothing,food and so on..

    But every public office have not permit recieving goods from people.

    Because traffic is very confused. The people who can go to disaster area is army &fire department only. The volunteer can’t go to there . Donation is the best way for helping people now.

    Thanks you for everyone

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    Mar 15, 2011, 04.28 AMby tanetane

    Thank you very much for your thoughts for Japan. I’m sure they will be overwhelmed if only they could see how many of you are rooting for them. You are all wonderful. As a Japanese living abroad, other than monetary means, I’ve been lost as to how to help. My idea was to send some crochet items that I had for sudden gifting situations. So I jumped on the above information from Fast Retailing about their taking in clothing donations. I’ve checked the Fast Retailing site in English and Japanese. Though it doesn’t clarify on the English site, the Japanese version mentions that money collecting boxes will be placed. Perhaps they have not updated their site to include clothing. Please check before you go. Just didn’t want your generosity to be disappointed. Thank you again.

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