Japan – many ways to help

22nd March 2011 by Charlotte

Like everyone the world over, we were shocked and deeply upset when the earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan last week. We all wanted to help, so MOO HQ and many individual members of the MOO Crew, have donated via the Red Cross website. The Red Cross does an absolutely amazing job of distributing the funds raised by donations to give stricken areas of the world the help and support they need.

We’ve also been really impressed by some of the generosity and kindness shown by some of the businesses, small and large, that we use and work alongside. So we wanted to show you a selection of what other people are doing to help Japan’s plight:

- From March 19th for 7 days, Made.Com, an online designer furniture retailer, are donating 100% of their profits to the Red Cross.

- The founder of grocery delivery service Ocado, Jason Gissing, has emailed everyone in his huge 200,000+ customer database, urging them to donate at www.justgiving.com/ocado. Gissing has pledged to match the first £20,000 in donations made to a Tokyo-based charity for disaster relief.

- Japanese restaurant Nobu naturally has employees, customers and executives that have been personally affected by the disaster. So, from now until the end of March, Nobu Restaurants worldwide are offering a special Tomodachi “Friends” Relief prix fixe menu to support those affected by the disaster in Japan. For every menu sold, Nobu will donate $50 to a Japan disaster relief fund.

- Culinary creative and blogger Miss Cakehead created a pop up event, Cakes for Japan, which invited professional and amateur cake makers to donate Japan-themed cakes to a bake sale held at Maiden in Shoreditch. The cakes sold out within 3 hours, and people are being encouraged, via her blog, to hold similar events in their own cities.

- Donations don’t have to be about money, as Apple Inc in Japan proved in the hours following the earthquake. Read Digg founder Kevin Rose’s blog to see a life-affirming example of how big companies like Apple treat their employees in times of genuine crisis.

We hope you’re inspired to dig deep into your pockets, and donate to help the thousands of people left devastated by the disaster. Our thoughts and prayers are with Japan.

>> Donate to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami appeal

Comments (7)

  1. Ehud Furman:

    This is great! I am going to add it to the list of other Japan relief projects popping up online: http://blog.lookuppage.com/2011/03/how-to-reach-out-virtually-to-japan.html

  2. Gwyneth Brock:

    Am helping arrange a Cakes for Japan Manchester event on Sunday 20 April at Madlab in Manchester from 12 noon to 5pm, cakes and cake-eaters welcome!

  3. Gemma Payne:

    From now until the end of March I am donating 50% of all that I sew and seel to the Red Cross. Have a look on http://www.facebook.com/mollymooandjessicatoo

  4. Kimmie:

    The Tomato Tart is hosting an online bake sale with over 60 food bloggers in 8 countries participating. Bidding takes place March 30, 2011 at http://www.thetomatotart.com!

  5. sil:

    This is great! I’m helping giving 50% of my works sales proceeds to the Italian Red Cross http://www.redbubble.com/people/sil63/collections/37891-buy-from-here-50-donation-for-japan

  6. BCOME:

    Dear MOO Team,
    thank you very much for this post and sharing great links where to donate for Japan. The people here in Japan are very gratefull that from all over the world people reach out there hands in order to help!

    We, a group of friends in Japan, have started a website 心は共に www.kokorowatomoni.jp where you can show your solidarity and sympathy with the Japanese by simply uploading a photo of with the logo (message is “our heart is with you) we created.

    Especially after yesterday evening, when again a big earthquake hit the North of Japan, it would be wonderful if a lot of people would take part and show Japan and the Japanese their support and solidarity.


    Thank you very much for your support.

    Greetings from Tokyo,

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