How Teens Can Help Japan
Students and young people everywhere are wanting to help the people of Japan in the aftermath of the devastating 9.0 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, but many of us don’t know how other than making a donation through a non-profit . Whether you have money, time or talent to give, everyone can contribute in his or her own way. Here are some ideas:
1. Organize a fundraising event at your school. You can sell baked goods, raffle tickets, support bracelets or any other items and donate the proceeds to any of the following organizations that are helping the Japanese people: American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, NetHope and World Vision. Other fundraising events to consider organizing include a rock concert like battle of the bands, a film festival or talent show.
2. Make paper cranes for Japan.According to Japanese legend, anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish. DoSomething.org is encouraging young people throughout the world to share their love and support for the Japanese people by uploading photos of their paper cranes and writing messages on a Facebook page. They’re easy to make, but you can find a pic on the Internet and upload that, too.
3. Shop to support Japan. Look for stores donating money from sales to Japan. Tadashi Shojiis donating 10% of storewide sales from South Coast Plaza (southern CA) and Forum Shops Las Vegas to the Japanese Red Cross. Lady Gaga has created a Japan Earthquake Relief Wristband for sale on her site.
Check out the moving video below created by Deko Stone, which is accompanied by a song written and sang by Minna. Thank you for sharing Deko and Minna!