I know we’ve all been inundated with the sad stories of the Japanese earthquake, ensuing tsunami, and the issues at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. It all seems completely depressing and it’s overwhelming trying to determine where to donate so that you can help out.
I believe that one of the really beautiful things about humankind is that no matter how contentious we get about other things, so many of us rally to help people in need. Japan is a prosperous, industrial nation, but we think at the human level – those people need our help. They’re suffering. They’re worried. And it could happen anywhere.
So rather than stressing out about “what-if” scenarios, the best thing to do is to give. I’m a huge, huge fan of Doctors Without Borders and The Red Cross, and they are known, safe places to donate money. But if you’d like to spread that giving out, there are a ton of shops on Etsy (there I go again, the Etsy connection) that are offering donations based on items purchased. One of the most delightful ways to shop on Etsy is to shop the treasuries. I simply searched on “Japan Donation” to find a whole trove of treasuries where people are offering to donate funds to Japan relief with purchases. So shop ’til you drop, and know that you’re helping out a bit, too. It’s a win-win. I’ve sent a donation to Doctors Without Borders, but I’m gonna shop a bit, too.