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How to help
Several organizations are collecting donations to help those affected by the Japanese earthquake.
American Red Cross: The Red Cross is on the ground now in Japan helping with emergency relief, food and shelter. To donate, go to redcross.org. Checks can be mailed to: P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018. Donors also can call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Global Giving: The agency is helping other groups with emergency relief. To donate, go to globalgiving.org or text JAPAN50555 to make a $10 donation. Donations can also be mailed to: Global Giving, Japan relief, 1023 15th St. NW, 12th floor, Washington, DC 20005.
International Medical Corps: The corps is sending a team to Japan to help with medical needs. To donate, go to internationalmedicalcorps.org or text MED8088 to make a $10 donation. There's also a toll-free 24-hour phone line that accepts donations: 1-800-481-4462. Donations also can be mailed to: Development Department, International Medical Corps, 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 400, Santa Monica, CA 90404.
AmeriCares: AmeriCares is also providing emergency relief and expects to be on the ground in Japan sometime over the weekend. To donate, go to americares.org or mail donations to: 88 Hamilton Ave., Stamford, CT 06902.
Save the Children: This organization helps children displaced by the earthquake, providing emergency relief. Donate to Save the Children's "Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund" at savethechildren.org or by calling toll-free 1-800-728-3843, or text "JAPAN" to 20222 to donate $10. Donations can also be mailed to Save the Children, 54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880.