The devastation in Japan is heartbreaking. We feel so helpless in light of the magnitude of the situation. But every little bit counts. Here, some brands (and a corporation) who are helping you to what you can to help our brothers and sisters across the Pacific.
Natural skincare line Juara co-founder Yoshiko Roth-Hidalgo has family in Japan. She released this statement earlier today:
“As many of you know, I have family in Japan, some in the area affected by the disaster. I was relieved to learn that my parents, relatives and friends are all safe. The outpouring of sympathy from around the world has been very moving and comforting, and my heart goes out to all those that are suffering.To help in aiding those in need and to express my appreciation for the donation generated by your JUARA purchase, I will personally match the proceeds to benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami.”
To that end, 10 percent of all online sales at JuaraSkincare.com from now until April 15, 2011, will benefit the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief effort of the Japan Society in New York.
Ken + Dana Designs
Asian American designers Ken Leung, Dana Chin and Radika Chin are donating $30 for each “Betsy” Rights sterling silver necklace sold to the Red Cross to support relief efforts in Japan. Normally $125, it’s on sale right now for $60.
They put out this statement earlier today:
Living in New York is a daily reminder that we are all immigrants and, in a sense, we are all Japanese right now. For the text on this particular necklace we chose the identifier for the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. This Public Law (PUB.L. 89-236 is the 236th Public Law enacted by the 89th Congress of the United States) abolished the national origin quotas that had been in place in the United States since the Immigration Act of 1924.
Verizon Wireless is also making it easy for customers to donate via text to a list of nonprofit organizations responding to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. A detailed list of organization is listed on Verizon Wireless’ news site at http://news.vzw.com/news/2011/03/pr2011-03-13.html.