Over the past month we at Detroit Chic have heard from many readers who were asking if we could look into a few organizations collecting donations for the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. After looking through countless websites and investigating several organizations we have compiled a list of some of the most reputable and convenient ways to donate.

If you’re looking for a reliable and easy way to donate we encourage you to visit any of the following websites:

  • AmeriCares: AmeriCares makes one promise to donors: “when people are in crisis, they will get the help they need, wherever they are, whenever they need it”. They also claim that more than 98% of their overall expenses go to support their programs. They are a part of the Better Business Bureau’s Accredited Charities.
  • Red Cross: Not only does the Red Cross have a long standing history of providing relief efforts around the world but we are confident that the proceeds collected will truly reach those in need.
  • The Salvation Army: According the Salvation Army website, they have been at work in Japan since 1895. They current operate more than 80 centers there, including two hospitals and four children’s homes. The website allows donors to select a fixed amount to donate or input any amount that they chose. Teams of Salvation Army workers were sent to Japan’s hardest hit areas immediately after the disaster occurred and will continue to remain in the region until enough work has been done to stabilize the most severe areas.
  • · UNICEF: The organization is fundraising to help the children in Japan. The website claims that donations will go to help children with medical issues, housing issues, humanitarian needs or any other issue created by the catastrophe.  To donate, just click on the link and head over to the website.

If you’re looking to donate but don’t have a lot of time to deviate from your daily routine, here are a few simple and ultra convenient ways to contribute:

  • Facebook: While you’re busy reading the latest Detroit Chic articles or updating your status you can head over to the “Causes” page and make a donation. There are currently 5,004 donors and 5,713 promoters on the site. Facebook set a goal to raise $300,000 and they currently report that they have raised $295,816.
  • Apple iTunes: If you’re syncing your iPhone or updating your playlist, take a break and click on the Red Cross page. The donation is quick and the funds are processed through your iTunes account.
  • Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make and automatic donate $10 to the Red Cross. Millions used this method to donate to Haiti victims and the campaign was highly successful. This is the fastest way to donate and your contributions will help support thousands.
  • Text TSUNAMI to 50555 to donate $10 to the Convoy of Hope, a humanitarian aid organization centered in Washington, D.C.
  • Text JAPAN to 864233 to donate a flat rate of $10. What’s an easier than sending a quick text? Nothing! So get to it!

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