11 Mar 2011

Sometimes, The People of Toronto Test My Non-Violent Nature

Overheard, while walking near my home:

Sorry Excuse For A Woman (said stoically): I think I'm going to have sushi today. You know, in honour of those in Japan.


Shoveling dynamite rolls down your gullet does not honour people who are in the midst of a horrible tragedy, you magnificent turd. Sorry, I take that back - that's an insult to turds.

Want to really show you care?
  • Donate to the Red Cross. Click here if you're in Canada. Click here if you're in the US. You can also text donations ($10 to Canadian Red Cross: Text REDCROSS to 30333 or $10 to American Red Cross: Text REDCROSS to 90999). If you're reading this blog, there is a very good chance that you can chip in $10 or more and not even feel financially impacted. That money, however, will help these earthquake and tsunami victims and their families when they need it most.
  • Be nice to people. Even (or especially) people you don't know.
  • Stop whining for a day. Have some gratitude for all that you have.
  • Keep the victims of this disaster in your thoughts (or if it's your thing - in your prayers).
  • Eat sushi.

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HollyElise 3:50 pm, March 11, 2011  

Dear God.
I live in Hawaii. All last night I was kept up by tsunami sirens going off. Not to mention worrying about food, water, etc *just in case* something happened.
Not to mention worrying about friends and family IN JAPAN.

I think if I heard someone saying they were going to *eat* something to... what? For solidarity? What?

People. Really.

Rebeka 4:20 pm, March 11, 2011  

ARGH. They say crises bring out the best in people, but unfortunately they also bring out the worst in some people.

Thanks for spreading the word about how to help.

Anonymous,  5:11 pm, March 11, 2011  

My oldest daughter lived in Japan for a year, so we feel a real connection with several families there.

There are some other ways to donate below:

* Using your cell phone, you can text-message donations of $10 to the Red Cross. Text the letters REDCROSS to 90999 to make the $10 donation, or visit the organization's website.
* The International Medical Corps is putting together relief teams, as well as supplies. The organization is in "contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities,” said Nancy Aossey, IMC president, on its website. You can donate here. Or, you can text MED to 80888 to donate $10 to emergency relief efforts.
* Save the Children is accepting donations for its Children's Emergency Fund. "We are extremely concerned for the welfare of children and their families who have been affected by the disaster. We stand ready to meet the needs of children who are always the most vulnerable in a disaster,' said Eiichi Sadamatsu of the organization in a statement.
* GlobalGiving, based in Washington, D.C., is providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Text JAPAN to 50555 to donate $10.
* The mGive Foundation, which helps with mobile donations, said these groups are also accepting text-based donations: Convoy of Hope, text TSUNAMI to 50555 to donate $10; World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals, text WAVE to 50555 to donate $10. "When prompted, mobile donors should reply with YES to confirm a one-time gift," the foundation says. "The $10 one-time donation will appear on the donor’s next mobile bill. All donations are tax deductible and receipts may be printed" from the mGive site. "Message and data rates may apply."
* Facebook has a Disaster Relief page with lots of good information about organizations that are offering aid, and that you can help, in turn.
* Microsoft has a Disaster Response Effort underway. "We are taking a number of steps, including ensuring the safety of our employees and their families and proactively offering customers, partners and local response agencies technical support to help ensure business continuity," the company said. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.)

Anonymous,  1:11 pm, March 14, 2011  


My name is Jen and I work for the Canadian Red Cross. Thank you for helping to spread the word about how people can donate to our Japan earthquake appeal. We really appreciate it.

We would love to continue to connect with you. You can find us on Twitter (@redcrosscanada), Facebook (facebook.com/canadianredcross), and our blog is redcrosstalks.wordpress.com.

Thank you for your support!

Jen 1:10 pm, March 21, 2011  

HollyElise: Yep. Peeps be crazy. Was really relieved when it turned out Hawaii was safe after all. So scary.

calendarfish: Indeed. I kept hoping she was "joking" about it, but it didn't seem that way. Boo.

Frodelicious: Thanks so much for the additional info!

Anon / Jen: Keep up the great work. Am more than happy to spread the word.

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