Like most of the world, we have been stunned, horrified and heartbroken by the earthquake, tsunami and the challenges Japan continues to face. We are grateful that our colleagues in Tokyo were unharmed by the disaster, but the affects of the 5th largest earthquake on record will likely be felt for generations to come. An entire ocean away, it’s easy to feel removed and like there isn’t much you can do to help.

In fact, even the smallest gesture can make a big difference. Here in Seattle relief efforts are taking many forms. Check out the list below to find an opportunity that feels meaningful to you.


If you are a Verizon Wireless customer, you can easily make a $10 donation to one of the organizations below by sending a text message with the specific word to the organization’s designated short code:

  • ADRA Relief: text SUPPORT to 85944
  • American Red Cross Relief: text REDCROSS to 90999
  • Convoy of Hope: text TSUNAMI or SUNAMI to  50555
  • GlobalGiving: text JAPAN to 50555
  • International Medical Corps: text MED to 80888
  • Mercy Corps: text MERCY to 25383
  • Salvation Army: text JAPAN to 80888
  • Save the Children Federation, Inc.: text JAPAN or TSUNAMI to 20222
  • World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals: text WAVE to 50555
  • World Vision, Inc.: text 4JAPAN or 4TSUNAMI to 20222

Text messages are free for customers donating to any of these organizations and 100% of each $10 donation goes to the relief organization.


Memorial services will be held at the Seattle Buddhist Temple this afternoon. Find out more here.

Image courtesy of Official U.S. Navy Imagery.

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