I'm pretty sure everyone has heard about Japan. Yesterday, a massive earthquake hit. If that wasn't bad enough, the coast was pummelled by a tsunami caused by the same tectonic shifts that caused the quake. Now, they're having trouble with nuclear reactors that have been disturbed by the quake and are overheating. What can you do?
(links at bottom of post)
There are several methods of going about this. First - you can text the Red Cross at 90999 to donate $10
. It will show up on your next cell phone bill. Second, you can give to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund by GlobalGiving
. Or to ShelterBox
. Or even to World Vision
. Here's my proposal.
Cookies for Japan. I am currently trying to find an agency where the funds will not be used for overhead and 'administrative fees'; when I find one, I will put the name out and donate what I have. But the proposal; I am ServSafe certified and am pursuing my culinary major - with a focus on baking and pastry arts. Here's the idea:
A donation to Cookies for Japan (and then to another charitable organisation) of $10 would get you a handwritten note with a small drawing. When you kick it up to $20, that's when the cookies come in. $20 would get you a dozen cookies, a half dozen pieces of cookie cake, a dozen raisin spice bars, or eight mini cupcakes shipped to your US location.
(Mini cupcakes would be location-dependant as icing does, unfortunately, melt.)
So, thoughts? All feedback is welcome.
Note: I am absorbing all costs of cookies and shipping. The idea is to give 100% of the money to those that need it.
GlobalGiving - http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/japan-earthquake-tsunami-relief/
ShelterBox - http://shelterboxusa.org/index.php
World Vision - http://donate.worldvision.org/OA_HTML/xxwv2ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?funnel&item=1753160&go=item§ion=10339&xxwvCampaign=2070293
Note: All photos are pictures of things I have made, and all images are by me.