| BY THE GOOGLE
There are no words that can describe what happened in Japan last week. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people.
Companies are pitching in and trying to help in whatever way they can. Google launched a person finder site to help people locate their loved ones. In fact, people staying in shelters can take a picture of the list of people staying in that shelter and Google will manually key in those entries into the person finder database.
Apple is taking Red Cross donations on iTunes which will be earmarked for the disaster in Japan. A 100% of the donations will be provided to the Red Cross. Paypal is also waiving any transactions fees when donating to qualified non- profit agencies.
If you’re trying to contact Japan, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are waiving calling & texting fees. For Verizon, this is applicable to both wireless and landlines.
Wondering what is the best way to donate? If you’re like me, I want ensure that my donation will be utilized in the relief efforts as soon as possible. On Google’s crisis response site, you can donate directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society in yen. You’ll of course incur some conversion fees, if you’re not willing to pay those you can text REDCROSS to 9099 to donate $10. As a side note, 91 cents of every dollar will be donated to the relief fund.