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Comment of the day: "I'm only fifteen, so I don't have much to offer. How can I physically do more? I wish I could go over there to help. But I don’t think they'd send a teenager, even if she has a parent come too." --Lexy
As video, photos and stories portraying the devastation continue to pour out of Japan, many wrote to ask how they could help. JohnnyB said, “I am a college student in Michigan. There's only so much I can donate, money-wise, but I would like to get others involved in a fundraiser perhaps or just to donate anything that is needed: clothing, food, water. Are there any organizations, locally, where we could donate such items or proceeds?"
Bvilleyellowdog said, “Don't send stuff, send money.” Scrantonian agreed, “Most charities don't want physical items because then they have to gather, ship, and re-distribute them. You're better off soliciting monetary donations or soliciting larger in-kind donations from businesses that can deliver them.”
Beth said, “Check out charitynavigator.org--they give accurate stats backed up by financial statements filed with the government and show you where your money goes when you donate. HATTIE asked, “I can only mail payments. Where can I mail to Red Cross?” Leslie answered, “Give them a call and they will tell you where to send donations: 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767)."
Springs said, “I just wish I could do more than send money right now, though.” Ralf The Dog answered, “Anything other than money tends to get in the way. People going to the affected region would just be more people who need to be fed and housed. You can help in future disasters here at home by taking Red Cross classes. The next time your town gets hit by a tornado, wild fires or a quake, you can be one of the people on the front lines.”
Starman said, ‘A lot of people seem to feel the need to physically participate. I don’t think they want or can accommodate any people coming in; that would further strain their very limited resources. The people they want are specialists in disaster recovery and they are already there or on the way.”
But some who responded did seem to have special expertise. dave said, “I'd like to go help in the cleanup and reconstruction. My company does general engineering (utilities, grading), as well as demo and recycle concrete crushing. If this happened here, we'd be fixing broken water mains, gas lines, sewers, fixing roads and clearing rubble and trash. I hope that someone empowered gets back to me.”
Richard said, “I am currently enlisted in the army reserves as 68M (nutrition care specialist) in a CSH. What can I do?” BobC answered, “I would recommend contacting your unit, and asking if volunteers are needed. I have no idea if they are able to ‘activate’ reserve members to go, but someone in your chain of command should know. Try the most senior chaplain you can find if your unit doesn't have any clue.”
Ralf The Dog had a final suggestion: local sushi restaurants could hold a Red Cross fundraiser. “All the vegetarian sushi you can eat with the money going to a good cause. What could be better?”
Sleep has been in the news lately. An earlier story, CDC: 1 in 3 adults sleep less than 7 hours, discussed people who don’t get enough sleep. Today a story about people who don’t need much sleep coincides with the return of daylight saving time.
Some wrote that they didn’t need much sleep, either. Chooch0253 said, “I function fine on about five hours a night. Have for well over 40 years. “ Guest agreed, “This was very interesting to me. I sleep four hours per day. Never considered it a problem. “
Others said sleep was too good to give up. iamacat said, “Forget about necessity, who would want to give up the only time when one has no chores/responsibilities, gets to live in a fantasy world of his/her own creation, cuddle up with spouse/children? Is your job THAT good? “ nursechris1 said, “Sleep is highly underrated as an enjoyable activity. Bliss in the arms of Morpheus!”
Many wrote to complain about the loss of that crucial hour on Sunday. sezyou said, “Daylight Savings Time is evil. If I could put my hands around it I would strangle it. Lyrker said, “It's an archaic concept. Ben Franklin thought it up to try and save candles. I think we're beyond the point where not having enough candles is a crisis. “
And many were envious. MomofThree66 said, “Can they inject ME with that? I've always needed 10 hours!”
Purrchance asked, “If working hours are so normal, why do most of us need alarms clocks? On my first day of retirement, I set the clock for 6:00 a.m. as I had been doing for years, with one exception: This time, there was a hammer lying beside it.”
“Today,” said the teacher, “I am going to explain how to find the area of a circle: the formula is pi are squared.” “But teacher,” replied a student, “that can’t be right! Pi aren’t square; cornbread are square. Pi are round.”
OK, a bad joke, but one that has helped many recall the equation. And there were plenty of pastries and math at Pi Day celebrations around the country today.
Some objected to CNN’s warning about math equations. PhilSandifer said, “ I am glad to see high school geometry carry a warning that this is "hefty math." I hope CNN will soon expand this policy and warn about hefty geography whenever they mention foreign countries less well-known than Spain; and hefty English whenever they use four-syllable words. Why should math be the only subject we consider it socially acceptable to be ignorant of, after all.“
DougGross answered, “Thanks for the comment. ‘Hefty,’ in this case, meaning more than one would expect in a typical news story. And, hey, it's Monday morning. Some of us are mathier than others before coffee. “ CmnSnse9876 said, “CNN, at least move this article out of the "tech" section! “
Others saw the debate over pi and tau as an opportunity for fun. drfireman said, “Pi and 2pi or tau and half-tau? This discussion is just going around in circles.” WxWizard answered, “Why not have both? That way you can have Pi and eat it Tau!! “
Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.
I wish i could help these poor people. Ihey really need our help.
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My heart goes out to Japan! I pray that the world come to their aid. On another note, there are million of businesses that are in ruins due to the disaster. Many are US based businesses. I am seriously wondering will this situation soften the billionare owners to come back home to boost our economy, especially to help cover the bill for the fantastic efforts that we offer to Japan, other countries, as well as our own, in disaster relief?
You can donate through Google checkout directly to the Japanese Red Cross. Everyone can do this.
the best help for survivors in non radiation effected areas is air leaflets dropped showing people how to recycle and improvise things they have left in there imediate vacinity to work with -if they choose not to walk out and go to a relief camp and or a relatives house in another safer area -to come back later when the areas are cleared cleaned up by civil relief/military workers . if there there to stay -then have a helicopter public address system give locations where they can recieve supplies or drop leaflets on how to keep warm -how to survive - where improvised water sources are -how to purify -where food can be found - say can goods washed out of stores - or how to make pit barb ques -for cooking how to make fire - how to biol dishes utencils in rolling boiled water to purify food containers without soap - how to use a clean 5 gallon empty bucket for water storage - another for a restroom -another for a sponge bath -another for a laundry -another for a storage container . -and as eskimos do use body heat of others "non sexually " to keep from freezing under covers with undergarments on -and how to use disabled cars batteries to power car radios for one way public address systems or lights at night -by removing non hybrid batteries -car stereo 12volt wire and a car headlight and hooking up a rudamentry night light -or use a running car and an inverter and use fuel from other disabled cars for small -power supplys - tell them to use solar power lawn patio malibu rechargable garden lights and mirrors for lights -tell them -to use boats or use vehicles for safe shelters -till aftershocks stop -instead of dwellings -tell them to burn drift wood -non treated construction tree wood dried and seasoned to use for bonn fires for public warmth - burn in non painted non contaminated tin/steel barrels with holes poked in them in the bottom sides -for homeless heaters - but becarefull of smoke with people with asthma --to dry laundry and wet clothes -just wring out and twist and let dry on improvised clothes lines and treelimbs and branches . -its just little things like this that can help people make it through the day -littloe by little day by day while salvaging there lives and also helping look for survivors and pulling survivors out - - to lift items off people trapped and injured in no rescue personell are found or avialable - check health and for injurys first before you attempt moving-stabilise and imobileise -put collapse support blocks or rocks or even mounded up compressed dirt to brace the load before you try to lift -then use car tire jacks -or try digging out from under the person - or carefully study -what has to be done and risks - -then use dugouts to "drop heavy items off to the sides -use counter weights to tilt - and use levers to pry . or piece by piece - braking if you have to -to over time remove -items and pull survivors out and carefully walk them or drag them out -by travoi or rolling them out on something . -these are just a few ideas they could drop by leaflet or send by radio or word of mouth . my opinion -best way to help individuals survive is give them education -options and ideas =hope :} --my heart is heavy now for the japanese - i cant do much but instruct -currently - p.s. water can be found hopefully in hot water tanks in homes or bussinesses trapped - and also in still frozen refrigerators or freezers --boil and strain and check for salt water or chemical contamination before you boil or cool down and drink . good night japan - may god bless you with recovery -a christian who prays for you -daniel :}...
I belive if we all pull togeather we can find a way to help these people with a lot of praing and love. I am on fixed income but I will try.
these rae ideas for any victims of any disasters anywear where there is no power/major devestaion and no regular living -comunity resources -water -bathrooms -food stores-cooking stoves laundry mats -radio or tv . -no phones or money transactions -roughly this is camping in stone age conditions . -fire can be made by bow drills-or fire troughs . flint stone metal or kindling -or electric arc in kindling . as for cell phone charging - even if phones are wet and screens gone -a number may still be dialed out at times -to charge a cell phone battery -just get a car cell phone charger 12 volt - plug one end to a cell phone to charge and -the cigatette lighter plug in just tear off strip wire ends and wrap arround terminals of a a car batter 12 volt that has been removed from a disabled car . old homeless trick . -a gift -from a former homeless -jobless disabled veteran - that lived on the streets -also varry a sharp knife safetly as they come in real handy for - protectionfrom others - and for cooking -can opening and -cutting roape and wires and -many other things . allways carry a stick to fend off stray dogs .
p.s. people keep missing the fact - when your shoes are on the ground - over there and there are no places and no supplys to help you - you l;iterally survive hour by hour - if not you within a few days strat having serious problems with cold food water and security and injurys and infections - and if a million people are doing without this second - creative is an understatment they must achieve to survive .daily -it can be don - but many have no idea what to do -so i listed what i could . -sure you can wait for help to come to you and supply you - however- remember hurricane katrina it was a week before water was brought in - your kidneys fail in 3-4 days -food you can do without for 3-4 weeks- for injurys and infections you have an hour to a few days -for hypothermia -since-everythings wet or dirty - or contaminated -well - if over night lows are inthe 30"s-40"s - then you have to not get hypothermia --folks all im trying to say is get real -show these folks how to survive till things improve -i figure the tree most important things now besides rescue this second -is water -antibiotics/wound care /and transportation out to better unaffected areas . -food -cooking -clean clothes - all that can wait . the fourth would be staying warm -the fifth security . this is from survival on the streets - street level views from former homeless .
One thing you all can do, if you're college students or teens (you'll need parental permission if you're younger than 13):
WRITE an article on Squidoo.com. It can be anything: your thoughts about the earthquake, poetry, or even something that has nothing to do with the earthquake, like your favorite book or a place you like to visit or your cat.
When you're working on it, in the sidebar, there's some "royalty settings." Change them from "I want cash" to a charity. I set mine to donate to International Rescue Committee, because it's one of the charities that's signed up to be a Squidoo partner and is on the ground and working in Japan.
Tell all your friends to visit the page. Heck, if you want to make sure, put an "Amazon Module" on it, and tell them the commission goes to the charity you picked.
Normally, I earn a little book money this way. But I've got several pages set up to donate to various charities, and right now I'm working on one for IRC.
Each page doesn't earn much -- a quarter to a few dollars a month. But if we all do it, it adds up. My friends and I earned over a thousand dollars for Haiti last year this way!
You can use another self-publishing platform like Hubpages or even your blog, if you know how to set up Amazon Associates or Adsense... or you could even create art and sell T-shirts on Zazzle or Cafepress... but on those you'd need to remember to donate the money you earned.
The internet has many ways for us to do a virtual bake sale. Every little bit helps!
I live in Thailand but I am an American. I want to help besides giving money. Does anyone know how I can help? This disaster hits close to home. My grandmother was half Japanese. And as an Asian and seeing the Japanese people suffer breaks my heart. If anyone knows how I can help from Thailand, please let me know. Thanks.
There is an easy way to help - www.socksforjapan.com
I can't believe this tragedies are happening to our precious mother earth.As young as my age (11 years old) I am so certain that this things aren't suppose to be happen if we break the chain of our own ignorance.So if we don't want this to be more worser than worse as this let's be an united citizens of our earth to bring back the beauty of our nature as it was from the very begging.Let us be a prime mover and a big part in saving,nourishing, and protecting our devastating mother earth.Because youth of today but not just youth but the entire human race will also be the future leaders of our generation.So let us be once again a prime mover in disseminating environmental information to all of the people of today's generation.So people would be aware what would be the possible effects of human activities just for our convenience
AS WHAT GREAT PHILOSOPHERS QUOTED THAT"MAN OF TODAY,VOICE OF ENVIRONMENT,DEFENDER OF MOTHER EARTH".Perhaps it's not yet too late to make an action in our mother earth's cries and pleases.Because if don't make any solution in this situation there won't be any future generation.LET US NURTURE OUR NATURE FOR A BETTER FUTURE.
GODSPEED TO EVERYONE.!
MAY ALL THE VICTIMS OF THE QUAKE AND TSUNAMI DON'T LOOSE HOPE IN RISING ONCE AGAIN AND START OVER.LET US BEAR IN MIND THAT THE TRUE ESSENCE OF LIFE IS NOT WINNING BUT RISING EVERY TIME YOU FALL.
VALERIE BERENGUER 11,
Why is it that we can spend billions on Iraq and the middle east, but can not make the same level of commitment for our allies? When (not if, but when) this happens off the west coast, it isn't Iraq or Egypt or Israel that will be there for us. As a taxpayer and a California resident, I can only think WTF???
Hey everyone, I'm a 17 year old highschool senior, I graduate this june and I am very interested in doing anything that I can physically do to help. If anyone knows an organization i could join to help me get over to japan to assist in whatever way i could, even grunt work i would be very pleased. thanks for reading.
My sister lives in Japan. She believes in The Secret and the power of positive thought. That what we send out to the universe is what we get back be it positive or negative. She's asking everyone to stop worrying and sending out fear and negative thoughts and to send out positive thoughts. Visual the reactors cooling down, visualize families reunited, homes being rebuilt, peace. When you worry about them, replace that thought with a positive one. If you can't go to help, and you can't afford to give money to help - then try this - what can it hurt? It doesn't cost you anything but some time, and positive energy. If somehow we all band together to send them positive energy and it makes a difference for them then that's amazing. If it doesn't, at least we can say we tried to do something. This is something everyone can do to help. Start sending out those positive thoughts everyone. Please! Thank you!
I have donated to UNICEF , i hope that my little donation will help someone..
We have alot of third party "experts"giving info on the nuclear plant and its situation but why doesnt the Nuclear plant have there own "Exoerts" spokespersons to keep us up to date ....It seems like they are hiding from there Responsibility
How can i Help? Read my past experienced post Tsunami. More to be posted
Journey to an unknown places . . .
in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands post Tsunami.
Life is pulled out by destiny or choice into an adventure, who’s in the beginning, does not know the ending.
The year 2004, 26 December Tsunami struck the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
It was in December 2004 where I was busy at home for my cousin’s wedding. She is like my own sister and as an elder brother; I have many responsibilities for her grand wedding. I was not aware of the news that the Tsunami had hit Indonesia, and India. My family and my relatives told me about the Tsunami but I was less bothered as I was very busy with my wedding decorations etc. It was a week after my cousin’s wedding that I received a call from my colleague and informed me that I have to leave Shillong for Andaman to help the children and adults who were affected by the Tsunami. After the phone call I went straight to the drawing room to pick a book that have the map of India and locate where Andaman and Nicobar Islands is in the map. To my mind I thought that I will be going to the land of the naked.
My first stop before embarking on the journey into different parts of Andaman and Nicobar Islands was Port Blair. It takes two – three days to travel by ship to Campbell Bay (Great Nicobar), one and half days to Car Nicobar and eight to twelve hours to Hut Bay (Little Andaman) from Port Blair.
As a concern and committed person, with faith, trust and blessings I had decided to travel to these islands to facilitate and train the volunteers, staff of the organization who worked with children.
How do I response to the Tsunami in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands?
In response to the Tsunami in the Andaman & Nicobar Island I as a Lead Trainer underwent some preparations and was instrumental in creating a new set of exercises along with the others to reach out to the children in the relief camps
During my time in these Islands I could only train the volunteers in the day time and in turn they will reach out to children in the evening in different relief camps in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
About the Project:
The aim of the PROJECT is:
• to help young people and communities heal and reconcile with the loss they have experienced,
• find the inner strength to rebuild individual lives and community traditions,
• articulate collectively what must continue within their traditions as new lives are built,
• document the experience of the community through the tsunami and its response to it as a source of strength and inspiration for the children of the future.
The project places the power and responsibility for this act of healing within the hands of those affected themselves; namely, adults and children.
The genesis of the project lies in a few core questions that we asked ourselves in order to make our work available to the people affected by the tsunami.
The core method that we have followed all through the project is the Native American process of Talking Circles. Circles help to engage the communities in dialogue with each other such that emphasis is given on mutual respect and listening without judging.
All the exercises created for the project in the Andaman Islands use reflection, visualization, dialogue and various other media for expression of feelings and discoveries.
In a span of one month, through the project we were able to reach out to about 500 children in relief camps and train about 30 volunteers and Staff of PRAYAS in Port Blair and Hut Bay islands.
The Cornerstone of my work in the Andaman Islands
What do children and young people who have witnessed the power of ocean to wipe away people, communities, and generation’s old structures need to assert for themselves, to begin the process of rebuilding lives?
In the wake of the tsunami that struck the islands on the east coast of south India, question posed to oneself.
The magnitude of the devastation had taken a huge toll on the emotional and physical well being of the people. For those who had survived, rehabilitation and healing from trauma were huge challenges.
We realized that if people took small, powerful steps towards all that was life- affirming within them, in time, healing would occur and people would muster the strength to rebuild their lives again.
However, for this, the approach and the exercises facilitated had to be of a special nature. Intensive visualizations and pointed questions about the power of choices would not work in the first interface. There was a need to make everything simple, beautiful, fun and engaging for the children and the adults.
Is there any need to offer housing in the us to those whose homes have been destroyed in Japan? Due to divorce I have a 4 bedroom home that is currently occupied only by myself. I would be willing to offer my space capacity to a family affected by the earthquake while their country cleans up and recovers from this disaster, but I don't know who to contact to offer this as an option.
Is there a way to host a fundraiser, like asking friends and family and neighbors for money to donate, by one person under 18 and if yes, where could I give the money to be used for those people in need, like the victims in Japan?
I know it is probably a little early for this, but what impact is the tsunami and the radiation from the plants going to have on the sealife? Japan and nearby countries depend upon the ocean for a lot of their diet. Six months from now, could this be a major concern for the region? It will take YEARS for the gulf to recover from the oil spill, how long does it take an ocean to recover from radiation? If it ever will.
They were just talking on CNN about how much people have tried to help Japan, compared to other disasters. $25M for Japan compared to $150M for Haiti for example. The guest attributed it to Japan being more wealthy, etc. I don't think that is why. I gave several times for Haiti, but not for Japan. Why? Because a year after Haiti 80-90% of the money people gave had yet to be distributed.
Hang in there Japan. Jesus will be there soon, the earthquake was a sign from the book of Revelation. He will come to save the people of Asia Minor.......
In an attempt to deal with the current nuclear plants' crisis in Japan, I suggest that people living within a 200-mile radius be immediately evacuated and that Japan ask other nations to host the evacuees on a temporary emigration basis. Ships and airplanes could be immediately deployed by Japan and assisting countries to move people immediately. Now and later, experts and other communities in Japan and abroad and all other helpful parties can deal with the aftermath of the nuclear crisis. I also suggest that Japanese political leaders ask the leaders of the rest of the world to help Japan immediately and that they propose major and immediate action plans that leaders from all sides must devise under the command of Japanese leaders. Japan has done so much for the rest of the word where a lot of space is uninhabited. My homeland, Africa, is one of such spaces and I am sure that African nations such as Senegal and Mali would extend strong helping hands to Japan and provide temporary homes for the evacuees. The United States, France, Britain and other nations could host many thousands of evacuees, too. But Japan's leaders must sound the alarms again and again for the rest of world to act. Paperwork needs to be signed fast and actions to be implemented quickly.
Concerning helping to cool the Nuclear Reactors at the Japan's Nuclear Power Plant, I was of the opinion that a 'repeater' mode of pumping water can be deployed...i.e. say, if the distance to get the sea-water is about 5km, large water hoses, PVC water tanks and water pumps can be placed in repeated distances all connected and the water pumped from source, then repeated(say every 1/2 km till it gets nearest the Reactor Chamber and it will then be pressure pumped into the Reactor....at least that can help out temporarily till lasting solutions are deployed....(e.g. for a 5km distance, you place PVC water tanks at every 1/5 km and then link them all up with water hoses, then pumped at each location till it gets to a space nearest to the Reactor)....I hope this helps.
My sister is an American in Tokyo working for American Govt and lives in CA when not on assignment. They will be relocated to another area away from Tokyo until they can be given assignments in America. They are not being allowed to take their pets with them and need help getting their pets out to family, friends or someone willing to take them in until they can get back here.
Any ideas on how to help them?
I am a Japanese living in US. I want to say massive thank you for everybody discussing and trying to help Japanese crisis. My family and friends are from Tokyo. They were all safe. But they are suffering from shortage of foods and electricity. I cannot send foods from US because they are not sure when they can receive it.
Today I saw the CNN news saying donation is less or slower than the one in Hattie disaster.
I was talking with my husband yesterday, "Media does not inform donation information not as much as the Hattie earthquake". When Hattie had crisis, I saw the news, commercial and other TV programs telling people to donate all the time. And it had been going on weeks. But this time, I do not see much media telling us. People might think Japan is a rich country so they do not need money. That is not true. People in Sendai lost everything and this is not the end. People are suffering from nueclear plant. More disaster is happening. I would like TV, media and any kinds of information resources to tell us how, where we can help Japan.
I am an English teacher who lives in Yamamoto, Japan, which is a small town on in southern Miyagi Prefecture. 1/4 of my town was washed away by the tsunami, and another large portion is not structurally sound to be inhabited. I had to hitchhike out of town to a larger city because the train station was washed away as well.
It is touching to see everyone wanting to help, but money is the best way now. Eventually, maybe with humanitarian aid groups there will be missions to rebuild, but many places have trouble enough feeding their residents, and could be overextended by volunteers.
But please give to charity! There is a lot of loss and pain, but everyone is fighting hard to move forward. Please help towns like mine recover!
This whole thing is devastating to me, as I love Japan and its culture. (BIG fan of its anime/manga.) I wish I could help in many ways; donating, volunteering-but I'm only 17 so not like I can do to much. But I have made a shirt called 'Thoughts for Japan' And had people in my classes sign it, to show support for Japan and their troubles, and for the shirt I wear it once a week. I hope I can find a way to raise money at my school maybe at my school's anime club-which I help lead. But I will see what more I can do.
I was livin and teaching English in Osaka for 20 years. I came back to America in 2007. I have been trying to find a grop thats going over to Japan to help with clean up or just anything I can do. I`m not having any luck on doing so. I`m living here in Goldsboro North Carolina.
Ive talked to the American red-cross but they aren`t sending anyone from here. Are there anyone that can help me to help the people in Japan?
My name`s Anthony.
Thank you for your help.
I want to help with money. Can someone in CNN respond?
Go to Japan, enjoy the blossoms or the fall colors, take a long hot bath, and help their economy the old-fashioned way: spending cash.
i am very sorry for japan but if some one should train me i will rebuild japan and make it a new world. love japan
Homes, we have 1000 homes that can be delivered to Japan. The home can be erected in 5 days, they are earth quake proof to 7 and made of steel. I am happy to sell these 3 bedroom homes at a minimal price and will donate a 20 room building that can be used as a school, hospital or community center
Our deepest sympathy to the people of Japan
Hi I'm fifteen years old and in my opinion this was a wonderful birthday present. Osama Bin Laden was a man in our history that killed a lot of our loved ones. He should have known this was coming. I don't understand how a man can just live with the thought of knowing he is the reason 3,000 and even more Americans died because of him and what he believes in. Justice has been served.