After the devastating tsunami and 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan last Friday, the death toll has risen to 2,475, with another 3,118 people still missing and 1,889 injured, according to the National Police Agency Emergency Disaster Headquarters. In addition, dangerous levels of radiation have been reported at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, rising to “levels that can impact human health.”
With this much tragedy and no sign of it ceasing, it has become imperative to donate and support the rehabilitation efforts that are ongoing within the country. But more often than not the best way to get the word out is through celebs, and luckily we’ve seen an outpouring of generosity from them!
Lady Gaga designed a bracelet that simply reads, “We Pray for Japan” retailing at $5 on her website with all proceeds going to tsunami relief efforts— she’s raised over $250k already. While Blink 182 frontman Mark Hoppus has started auctioning off personal items for charity. Like the handwritten lyric sheet for the song “Rock Show,” the orange sweater he wore in the “Dammit” music video, backstage passes, and the band’s dressing room sign from the VMAs, are all up for grabs with 100% of proceeds going to the American Red Cross.
The New York Yankees are also stepping up to the plate and announced that they have donated $100,000 in total to the relief efforts, with $50k going to the Salvation Army and another $50k to the Red Cross.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the terrible earthquake in Japan,” said Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees Managing General Partner. “We hope that the international community does everything in its power to support and assist the Japanese people in their time of need.”
Even America’s sweetheart in the crazy department, Charlie Sheen, has vowed to help aid the victims, donating $1 from every ticket sale of his now sold out shows in Detroit and Chicago to the Red Cross Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund.
It has been said that donating to places like the Red Cross and Salvation Army may result in a similar financial fiasco to that of Haiti, where much of the donations failed to support the victims at all, in which case your money is better spent in the hands of an MSF like Doctors Without Borders.
Frankly, we don’t care how you donate or lend your support, just so long as all of us do what we can as soon as possible.