7 ways to help Japan

Since Friday’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami, photos and videos have been pouring in from a devastated Japan. The damage is unimaginable and the lives lost now number in the thousands.


It’s natural to feel helpless in the wake of disaster, but there’s always something you can do, sweeties. It’s time to take action. GL’s got 7 ways to help. When donating money, remember to ask your parents for permission first.


Text REDCROSS to 90999 from your cell phone to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross. Donations will go to the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief efforts.


Donate using your iTunes account. Click here to be taken directly to iTunes. 


Go Gaga for earthquake relief by purchasing a We Pray For Japan wristband from Lady Gaga’s website. The bracelet costs only $5 and will ship later this month. All proceeds go directly to relief efforts.


Save the children by supporting the Children’s Emergency Fund. Fundraiser idea: Collect donations from classmates and clubs and donate money on behalf of your school.


Play Farmville. Zynga, the company behind top Facebook game Farmville, has released a limited edition crop, Daikon, that players can plant with a donation of 25, 55 or 240 farm cash. 100 percent of all proceeds—including Facebook’s usual 30-percent share—will go to the Japan Earthquake Emergency Fund. For more information, click here. 


Go shopping on Zazzle has set up a special section of its website with products created in remembrance of the tragedy. $10 from the proceeds of every shirt sold will be given to charity, as will different royalty percentages from other items.


Spread awareness. Empty pockets? Spread donation information to others who have the cash to help those in Japan right now. From giving Mom info to pass on to her boss about corporate donations to tweeting up a storm on Twitter using special hashtags, you can make a difference.


Tell us, girlies: How are you taking action?


by Brittany Taylor | 2/1/2016