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Request to Japanese/Japan-based Freepers: What's best, fastest way to send aid to most affected?
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Posted on 03/17/2011 6:30:25 AM PDT by quesney

To Japanese and Japan-based Freepers:

What's the best, quickest way of getting aid to people on the ground directly -- via local groups, religious instutitons, etc.

I'd rather not give it to an international bureaucracy like the Red Cross (Japanese website was confusing), other NGO's or government.

This is being posted Front/Breaking because I imagine a lot of other Freepers want this info and, let's face it, it's an emergency over there and these people need quick, effective help as soon as they can get it.

I've seen too many stories of waste, corruption and abuse (Haiti, Katrina, etc.) and would rather bypass this and get as big a share of every dollar to the people who need it now as soon as possible.


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KEYWORDS: aid; charity; donations; help; japan; redcross; salvationarmy; samaritanspurse; shikataganai; shoganai
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1 posted on 03/17/2011 6:30:28 AM PDT by quesney
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To: quesney

The Salvation Army will be there, only you won’t hear about it because it won’t run commercials to get more donations it can hold on to for years beyond the incident.

It doesn’t pay it’s staff deep into the six figures either.


2 posted on 03/17/2011 6:34:47 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (The only thing higher than Obama's chin, is his ass facing West five times a day.)
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To: quesney; Admin Moderator
Slingshot.

This is not breaking news.

3 posted on 03/17/2011 6:35:12 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo; quesney
What's the best, quickest way of getting aid to people on the ground directly -- via local groups, religious instutitons, etc.

Perhaps AIT could make suggestions...or ping those that can.


Glad to see you are safe and sound, AIT. Have been checking on you this week via user search.

4 posted on 03/17/2011 6:35:21 AM PDT by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: quesney
I posted this yesterday morning, the website of the Embassy of Japan has a page linking to help venues:

http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/j/anzen/jishin_message.html

The Red Cross is probably the best shot and is the first thing on the list. They need help in large quantities immediately and from what I read, aid has been slow in getting organized.

5 posted on 03/17/2011 6:36:39 AM PDT by wendy1946
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To: DoughtyOne
The Salvation Army is the single best charity in America.

When I was deep in addiction and alcoholism, the United Way had no answers. The Red Cross wouldn't do anything but look crosseyed at me.

The Salvation Army housed me, clothed me, fed me, and all I had to do is follow their reasonable rules: No drinking or using, be in by 8 pm and out by 8 am, no stealing, look for a job.

6 posted on 03/17/2011 6:37:50 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: quesney

Caritas information was posted yesterday, with a story about how the church is mobilizing relief in the Sendai area
http://www.caritas.org/activities/emergencies/MassiveEarthquakeHitJapan.html

Catholic Relief Service is another good charity, very low overhead, most of the donations go to the field

Religion is not used as a criteria of offering aid

The Japanese Red Cross (as opposed to International Red Cross) mighty also be a good one to check out

They all need cash money to buy and transport supplies locally as they can, donating goods is a huge problem with shipment
costs and disruptions


7 posted on 03/17/2011 6:38:01 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: wendy1946

“aid has been slow in getting organized.”

WHY?

Within days of the Haiti Quake, H-wood and aid agencies were working at warp speed.


8 posted on 03/17/2011 6:40:01 AM PDT by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: quesney

Look into Samaritan’s Purse. They are boots on the ground in Japan delivering aid and taking donations for it.


9 posted on 03/17/2011 6:40:01 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Lazamataz

Laz, that’s as compelling a testimony as I can imagine. The Salvation Army just went way up in my opinion. Congratulations on your recovery.


10 posted on 03/17/2011 6:40:32 AM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: quesney

Excuse me for being blunt.

Send as much aid to Japan as they did during Katrina. Meanwhile take your money and employ an American. Have him or her paint your home, or build your car or grow your food. Charity begins at home.

The Japanese government has a bunch of US bonds they can sell to fund their own rebuilding, and since they’ll have $ they can buy stuff from us for a change. Like rice. And wood products to build homes. And so on.


11 posted on 03/17/2011 6:40:31 AM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules)
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To: DoughtyOne
It doesn’t pay it’s staff deep into the six figures either.

That's the problem I have with many if not most charities.

12 posted on 03/17/2011 6:40:32 AM PDT by wendy1946
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To: wendy1946
The Red Cross is probably the best shot and is the first thing on the list.

Never again will the Red Cross ever see a penny from me. I was lied to by them on 9-11; they promised that they were there for the 9-11 survivors. The Red Cross what they considered the 'extra' money for themselves - instead of doing what they promised.

Fool me once, shame on you;
Fool me twice - shame on me.

Give it to your Church, or the Salvation Army. They appear to have some integrity.

13 posted on 03/17/2011 6:41:09 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: quesney; maikeru; Dr. Marten; Eric in the Ozarks; Al Gator; snowsislander; sushiman; ...
Good question, let's ask!

日本 ピング  (kono risuto ni hairitai ka detai wo shirasete kudasai : let me know if you want on or off this list)

14 posted on 03/17/2011 6:41:40 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Lazamataz

Your tagline summarizes my opinion exactly. Kudos.


15 posted on 03/17/2011 6:42:39 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (It's good to know by removing the effects of food and fuel inflation, my paycheck won't suffer.../s)
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To: quesney
Samaritan’s Purse
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach

16 posted on 03/17/2011 6:43:00 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Hodar
Give it to your Church, or the Salvation Army.

See my number #6

17 posted on 03/17/2011 6:43:00 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: Lazamataz

Thanks Lazamataz. I’m glad they were there for you. Your testimonial is much appreciated.


18 posted on 03/17/2011 6:43:15 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (The only thing higher than Obama's chin, is his ass facing West five times a day.)
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To: quesney
We made our donation through the Salvation Army yesterday. They're on the ground in Japan and have a network in place plus they are set up for online donations.
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf
19 posted on 03/17/2011 6:43:35 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: DoughtyOne; quesney
The Salvation Army IS on location. It took them 20 hours to be on site of some of the worse hit areas.

https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/?projectId=IHQ-JapanQuake

20 posted on 03/17/2011 6:44:03 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: wendy1946

Yes, it pays to look around and make sure how much of the funds you donate will make it to the front lines, so to speak.


21 posted on 03/17/2011 6:44:39 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (The only thing higher than Obama's chin, is his ass facing West five times a day.)
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To: thackney

Thank you for the report and the link Thackney. Good job.

I’ll be using that link later today BTW. I would encourage others to join me.


22 posted on 03/17/2011 6:49:17 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (The only thing higher than Obama's chin, is his ass facing West five times a day.)
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To: quesney

here’s the BEST choice. The first ones on the ground and 100% goes to the relief effort...0% to admin.
https://secure3.convio.net/ldsp/site/Donation2?df_id=1280&1280.donation=form1&s_src=15205&JServSessionIdr004=3241vappn8.app333a


23 posted on 03/17/2011 6:51:08 AM PDT by 47samurai (The last real conservative)
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To: quesney
Is THIS really necessary?

Japan is a very rich country and prints money like we do. Plus, they can always sell US Tresury Bonds which was a fear, but Geithner has assured us they will not do:

“Japan is a very rich country and has a high savings rate and has the capacity to deal not just with the humanitarian challenge but also the reconstruction challenge [have already begun] they face ahead.”

Source you may not like but..

If really interested: Organizations like the Red Cross or Save the Children will find themselves with important and useful roles to play in Japan. They determine what roles to play all over the world.

And you may want to stay updated through the MIT info then a panic causing media which plays into the hands of scam artists worldwide.

MIT

NEI

Updates to catch up MIT NSE

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2690058/posts

24 posted on 03/17/2011 6:54:52 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Lazamataz
The Salvation Army has always been our family's favorite charity. When my parents arrived in New York Harbor on a cold November day, having escaped newly communist Czechoslovakia, they were greeted by the Salvation Army. Mom and Dad received their first cups of hot coffee in America from these wonderful people. They and their fellow passengers from war-devastated Europe were cold, seasick and scared. Being welcomed to their new home by the Salvation Army touched them deeply, and they've contributed ever since. I carry on the tradition with my own family.

Salvation Army employees are paid modestly, and overhead costs are kept very low. Sally is quick to get people on the ground in places where tragedy strikes, and they never ask for repayment for their aid. The Christmas bell ringers are often people who were lifted up from lives of misery, much as you've described. They do much good in this world.

25 posted on 03/17/2011 6:57:01 AM PDT by Think free or die
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To: quesney
We give through our church because I KNOW where our money is going and how it is used. I KNOW that it is not going to pay some liberal’s huge admin salary. I feel for what has happened to the people in Japan. BUT, I wonder just why the United States is going to send millions of dollars to a country to help rebuild it, when they have as much as we do since we send billions there every year to buy their stuff. Japan is not a 3d world nation. They have big money in their banks. Their companies and government have money. They have large money making corporations. Why is the USA going to once again the only country around the globe who is supplying assistance, the Navy for support, and our people sending millions to assist them? How much did the people of Japan send to New Orleans? Just wondering on that one. Of course each individual is free to give if they want, but I still don't understand our tax dollars going to rebuild a country that has trillions in the banks. To me, this is like Bill Gates house burning down and then asking the people of the country to give to him to help him rebuild it.
26 posted on 03/17/2011 6:58:25 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (The Lord Said It and I Believe it. Read your Bible. These are the end time events.)
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To: quesney

The Rev. Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse.


27 posted on 03/17/2011 6:58:58 AM PDT by varina davis (Life is not a dress rehearsal)
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To: quesney

I have read through this thread and several previous threads for the various disasters (Haiti, Katrina, Chile, Japan, etc.)

The Salvation Army always seems to get high marks, but The Red Cross doesn’t.

I have made donations to the SA. The one thing I do appreciate is not later being flooded with expensive want-more mailings. SA has an opt-out checkbox on their website.

Once I donated to a seemingly small military service related fund. I got inundated with expensive mailings. It took three requests to finally get off their list.


28 posted on 03/17/2011 7:00:38 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: DoughtyOne; quesney

This is the link to Salvation Army earthquake and tsunami relief. I have already used it. I have Japanese friends in the US and they are putting together fundraisers even bake sales for the weekend - some of the groups they were sending their money to are a little suspect to me, so I just used the SA.

https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/site/c.tvI3IeNUJsE/b.5760419/k.2CB3/Donate_Now/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp?c=tvI3IeNUJsE&b=5760419&en=5oIzGIMjG4LIKSOmH3KFKPMxEoKRLXOxEdKFLRNAIkLRK1NIG


29 posted on 03/17/2011 7:01:10 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: Lazamataz

I just sent my contribution to The Salvation Army, in which I have total confidence. And that was before I learned we have them to thank for your continued presence with us ;-).


30 posted on 03/17/2011 7:03:09 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: quesney
We give to the Salvation Army. I don't trust where the money goes with the Red Cross/Red Crescent.
31 posted on 03/17/2011 7:05:19 AM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Post #24.. interesting comment by Geitner to the financial and/or self sufficient strengths of Japan.

YOU just do, what YOU feel you have to do--bottom line.

Giving is a great attribute, determining the overall greater causes or needs, makes a charitable dollar better spent.

32 posted on 03/17/2011 7:08:53 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: RKV

Japan DID provide aid following Katrina

http://www.america.gov/st/washfile-english/2005/September/20050915165123ajesrom9.768313e-02.html

excerpt:

Japanese private citizens and the government alike have sent a virtual tsunami of assistance to the victims of Katrina, which devastated 90,000 square miles along the U.S. Gulf Coast in August. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes and hundreds lost their lives.

Japan has pledged more than $1.5 million in private donations. The government of Japan has donated $200,000 in cash to the American Red Cross and some $800,000 in relief supplies — from blankets to generators — already are arriving to aid the most needy. Japanese firms with operations in the United States have donated some $12 million in total, including Honda Motor Corporation ($5 million), Hitachi ($1 million) and Nissan (more than $750,000).

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo was overwhelmed by the generosity of one Japanese individual — Takashi Endo — who donated $1 million from his personal funds to Katrina relief efforts. Endo said he was moved when, during a business trip to London, he saw a televised report about a mother separated from her children in the chaos of the flooding in New Orleans. The story so disturbed him he could not sleep that night; the next morning he resolved to do something to help.


33 posted on 03/17/2011 7:09:18 AM PDT by garyb
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To: Tax-chick

I also contributed to the Salvation Army. There is a link on Yahoo’s home page.


34 posted on 03/17/2011 7:09:18 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: quesney

Salvation Army is my first choice.

Having personal experience as a Red Cross Volunteer, I would never, never, NEVER give them a penny.

Ever


35 posted on 03/17/2011 7:09:52 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Lazamataz

That’s awesome Laz! Congrats on getting those monkies off your back.


36 posted on 03/17/2011 7:11:33 AM PDT by DooDahhhh (hH)
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To: quesney

SA gets my seal of approval. I’m familiar with most if not all big charity organizations and SA is consistently excellent.


37 posted on 03/17/2011 7:11:33 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Public education is WELFARE.)
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To: Victor

I googled “The Salvation Army” and found their main site.


38 posted on 03/17/2011 7:11:48 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: thackney

Thank you, I have submitted a donation.


39 posted on 03/17/2011 7:13:08 AM PDT by garyb
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To: fight_truth_decay
Better to help a first world county than someplace like Haiti where "God only knows" what happened to the money donated.

Donate to the Japanese people and know who got the money and when, and how the money helped

Does anyone know which Swiss bank accounts got the majority of the money donated to Haiti?

40 posted on 03/17/2011 7:13:53 AM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - It's only uncivil when someone on the right does it.- Laz)
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To: RetiredArmy
But then Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Tuesday just said this about that:

Is the Obama "tour" in Rio yet..safer to be further away from any radiation fallout ;) .....

41 posted on 03/17/2011 7:16:20 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: wendy1946
The Red Cross is probably the best shot and is the first thing on the list.

I give to the Salvation Army. They actually help where it's needed.

The Red Cross has been busted spending donations on inflated salaries and excessive admin costs too many times.

42 posted on 03/17/2011 7:16:20 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: GOPJ

I agree. Donating to help Japan, you can anticipate that there will be actual recovery - rebuilding and a return to normal life. Donating to Haiti, you have to accept that, at best, you’re simply helping a few people to survive in a country that is going to continue to be utterly miserable.


43 posted on 03/17/2011 7:17:23 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: quesney
"Mind if I play through?".....
44 posted on 03/17/2011 7:22:23 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: DoughtyOne

I agree with you. The Salvation Army already has a strong presence there, strong staff, good buildings, vehicles, a volunteer base, supplies. They are ready and they don’t waste time or money. Your donations to Salvation Army will ALWAYS help those most in need.


45 posted on 03/17/2011 7:28:03 AM PDT by AnnCee
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To: quesney

I’m sending my public high school’s donation to the “Samaritan’s Purse,” Billy Graham’s charity, that way it goes through local churches and hopefully some people get saved.

When your house’s wiped away, but you have Jesus, you don’t need the house.


46 posted on 03/17/2011 7:30:54 AM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: Hodar

I sold a house to a couple moving from California after the San Francisco earthquake. They lost their home and almost everything in it. In the immediate aftermath when they went to the Red Cross for help with shelter they were turned away because they had a savings account. Meanwhile homeless people were being bussed into the area and put up in the motels meant for quake victims. I have no way to confirm this story but the couple’s cold rage surely convinced me and I’ve never donated to the Red Cross again.


47 posted on 03/17/2011 7:32:45 AM PDT by AnnCee
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To: Lazamataz; quesney

Thank you quesney for the thread, and Thank you Lord, for the Salvation Army.
Because it is hard to imagine FreeRepublic without Laz :)

Prayers for Japan.
Tatt


48 posted on 03/17/2011 7:35:49 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." DorothyBernard)
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To: quesney

Just pray for them. Japan, for all its problems, is in pretty good shape. It has a smart, educated populace who are cooperating and not rioting. Its infrastructure is top-notch. The electricity is on everywhere and besides some short-term panic, things are running normally (except in Sendai, of course)

They have Trillions of dollars, so much so that any extra aid the USA offers them, will probably have to be borrowed from Japanese or Chinese in the first place!!


49 posted on 03/17/2011 7:37:57 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: Let's Roll

Sounds good. Yes, I understand your misgivings about some relief organizations.


50 posted on 03/17/2011 7:39:40 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (The only thing higher than Obama's chin, is his ass facing West five times a day.)
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