Saturday, March 12, 2011

Green and Frugal: Let's Give Thoughts, Prayers and Aid to Japan

Giving gratitude for what you have each day is important. Nothing brings that appreciation to the forefront more than having to sit on the sidelines when a natural disaster hits. It's so incredibly sad and disheartening to see the devastation Japan has endured.

So this morning my two children are complaining and whining about how they can't believe that regular Cheerios are the only cereal there is to eat. They're droning on and on. Meanwhile, behind them are videos and images of the sheer power and destructive force of the earthquake, flooding, tsunamis and all of the turmoil that comes along with these types of natural disasters. I finally yelled at them: "Do you see what's on TV? There are people whose homes have been demolished or swept away. They don't have Cheerios, let alone a house! Do you realize how grateful you should be that you have a roof over your head and food to eat?!" It's so frustrating to try and instill some gratitude into two children who, while not super-spoiled, do get the majority of anything they want.

But I digress. The purpose of this post is to appreciate what you have, but to also try and give something to those less fortunate. Right now that's the people of Japan. With that, here are some reputable agencies:

In response to the quake, The Red Cross has already launched efforts in Japan. Visit or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.

International Medical Corps is responding to the health needs of the disaster's victims.  To donate or learn about other ways you can contribute to its medical response, visit Also, text MED to 80888 from any mobile phone to give $10.

The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund was launched at to garner funds that will be given to a variety of relief organizations helping victims of the earthquake. It has already raised over $100,000, particularly from concerned Twitter users around the world.

Remember to be grateful for what you have (and teach your children to do the same). Give what you can and be sure to keep the people of Japan in your thoughts and prayers.

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