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9 Inventive Ways You Can Help Japan Now

9 Inventive Ways You Can Help Japan Now

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Last week's 8.9-magnitude earthquake, subsequent tsunamis and continuous aftershocks continue to shake Japan. With the death and missing person toll at 12,000 and expected to rise, the people struck by the crisis need support now more than ever. If you're sick of watching news videos of the disaster and want to help, here's how:

1. Watch the ballet
The Miami City Ballet
This ballet company is donating $10 from every regular-priced ticket for their dance version of Romeo and Juliet to the American Red Cross.


2. Buy arts and crafts
Etsy
While perusing the Internet for your favorite homemade and vintage treasures, make sure to purchase items from those Etsy sellers whose profits are being donated to the crisis.

3. Donate to the best charities
Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator, rounded up a list of their top-rated charities providing relief for Japan. Among the charities is Relief International, International Rescue Committee, UNICEF, World Vision and more. Be sure to follow up with your donation in a few months, Charity Navigator recommends, to find out exactly how your money helped the catastrophe.

4. Preserve the culture
TATCHA
Cherish a piece of Japan's beautiful culture. Through March 31, all profits from this TATCHA gift set of gold-flecked Japanese blotting papers in a handmade kiribako, a box traditionally used to protect treasured items, will go straight to Save the Children's efforts in Japan.

5. Hang a poster
W&K Studio
This Portland-based advertising agency has designed a Help Japan poster that resembles the Japanese flag with a white cross in the center. The posters are just $25, but purchasers can donate more if they choose to. All proceeds will go directly to the Red Cross.

6. Go shopping
Uniqlo
Tadashi Yanai, owner of Uniqlo's parent company, Fast Retailing Group, pledged one billion yen of his own money to Japanese Red Cross. Uniqlo stores nationwide are taking customer donations and are donating 700 million yen worth of clothing, including 300,000 pieces of HEATTECH clothing items to keep victims warm.

7. Accessorize
Alexis Bittar
Between March 21 and 25, the jewelry designer will donate 100% of all sales online at alexisbittar.com to Catholic Relief Services, a non-denominational charity. 100 percent of purchases made in boutiques on March 24 will be donated as well.

8. Click on a deal
LivingSocial
The daily coupon website has launched an offer to match every $5 donation made to the Red Cross through the website. The deal, which lasts through March 21, has already raised more than $1 million.

9. Give mindfully
Global Giving
This charity, which works to raise funds for disaster relief, is accepting donations starting as low as $25 in hopes of reaching a $2 million goal. What's more? All donors will get email updates on how their funds have been used.

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