Help Japan, Help Yourself

As I reviewed my portfolio, my comments, my RSS reader, and some work from my day job, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Buck, what the heck are you doing? Although investing, getting out of debt, AdSense, Alexa, subscribers, and followers are important, they all pale in comparison when you think of what’s going on in Japan. I won’t repeat the details as we’ve seen 24/7 coverage. In a weird way, I tried to harden myself and continue my normal routine. I saw the Yahoo relief banner and felt compelled to do something myself.

I then stumbled upon Financial Samurai’s How To Help Japan. Sadly, I couldn’t text my contribution because I use a company phone. All my problems were immediately reduced to molehills as the Japan disaster was the real mountain.

I walked to an ATM to get some fresh air. I caught up with my old friend and we discussed Japan. We came to the conclusion that even in disaster there are some scumbags looking to scam others. Be careful as your generosity might be taken advantage of.

Long story short, my bank’s ATM has a new option for charity donations. When selected, you can enter any amount up to $249.99. I immediately donated to the American Red Cross. I got a thank you printout showing the tax deductible donation for 2011. Earlier, the magnitude of the disaster almost overwhelmed me. I thought I needed a gargantuan relief effort to make a dent. It almost froze me into non-action. In the end, It might not have been much, but every little bit counts. If your financial situation prevents you from donating, just do something. Be aware, spread the word, help Japan, and help yourself. If you live in a natural disaster hotspot, make sure you are covered by natural disaster insurance.

Also check out Thousandaire’s I’m Spreading the Word to Help Japan. Are You?

Invest It Wisely’s Helping Japan What Canadians Can Do

Afford Anything’s Give To Japan: More Complicated Than You Think

Wealth Informatics’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief – Double Your Donations

Stay Inspired!
Buck

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15 Responses

  1. Hey Buck,
    A friend of mine has quite a few contacts in Japan through Twitter (500+) and she is trying to get some encouraging messages and prayer from here to Japan.

    Check it out and do even more than sending money.

    http://www.facebook.com/notes/ayako-yamazaki-so/prayers-for-japan/10150115615804154

  2. Thanks for supporting the relief efforts. It’s a bad situation and people really need help.

  3. krantcents says:

    You are absolutely right! Our personal problems pale in comparison.

  4. Buck,

    Great article. I think we have some similar philosophies. I’d like to keep in touch if possible.

    Take care,

    DividendPartisan

  5. Every little bit helps out. It’s important to be aware of the scammers and I’m glad you mentioned that; some people feel that the big charities scam in their own way due to large overhead, but I still went with the Canadian Red Cross because they’re already over there on the ground right now, and I know that it can make an immediate impact.

    If you can’t give financially, spreading the word and helping others avoid scammers is still a very valuable way to contribute.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Doing what I can. Good point about the overhead, but it seems they can make a quicker impact. I linked up to you and a few others with similar posts. Hopefully we can make a difference.

  6. Todd from Todd’s Wanderings is a Yakezie challenger. His wife is in Japan and he wrote about organzing a blog event for Japan. I hope it comes to fruition and advised him to promote it within our group.

    My granddaughter is in Yokohama and I really worry about radiation exposure.

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