During times of crisis, social media becomes an important outlet–it can connect activists, aid in search and rescue, disseminate information, and raise money and awareness.
The entire world has been watching in horror as the beautiful nation of Japan has suffered a series of natural disasters, the effects of which are still being felt as its nuclear power plants are increasingly at risk.
Bloggers are working to raise money and to let the people of Japan know that our thoughts are with them. Here are some of the social media efforts we spotted:
For Japan, With Love
Henry at Utterly Engaged and Lydia at Ever Ours organized a day of silence on March 18 and are collecting funds for Japan through March 31. Over 1200 bloggers have joined the effort so far and they surpassed their goal of $5,500 and currently have raised over $56,000 for Shelter Box.
“While as much as we’d like to hop on a plane and fly there to help with the search and rescue, the immediate need for help for those in Japan is the dire need for shelter.[…]
ShelterBox provide[s] emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. A whole box costs $1,000 (US), so we’re hoping to raise enough to send 5 boxes.
Post with a Purpose
Social Media Moms and Partybluprints used their influence to encourage others to “Post with a Purpose” on Monday, March 21, and raise awareness and money to support the amazing work being done by ‘Save The Children’ in Japan.
Blogger Leigh Duncan and Rob Wu launched www.SXSWcares.org (using the twitter tags #sxswcares and #sxsw4japan) as a grassroots effort to rally the SXSW community around the Japan disaster. Within a week, they have been able to raise over $100k, primarily from individuals.
The Istanbul Review is collecting 1,000 cranes to send the wish for recovery to Japan. They are utilizing facebook to spread the word and create a living record of the effort. This would be a lovely way to involve young children and to compliment fundraising efforts.
A stroke survivor, publisher, and British ex-patriot living in Japan, Caroline Pover was visiting Saipan when the earthquake and tsunami hit. She flew to Britain and is using her blog as part of an effort to collect needed supplies and donations for the people in Japan.
A group of food bloggers in Austin, Texas, including Kathryn Hutchinson of The Austin Gastronomist, are organizing an April 2 bake sale benefiting AmeriCares. So far over 50 have signed up as part of the effort and have launched a blog, Austin Bakes, and twitter account, @AustinBakes, to spread the word.
Bloggers Unite – Comment to Donate
Moms Need to Know, a coupon blog by Mindi Cherry, is donating $1 per comment, up to $300 to Samaritan’s Purse, and has a list of bloggers with similar efforts.
Are you a blogger organizing a grass roots effort in support of Japan? Feel free to leave a link to your cause below.
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(Please no affiliate links or links to businesses donating a percentage of their sales–we are looking for grassroots social media efforts to raise funds and awareness for Japan!)