Donate for Japan and Prayers from Cosplayers
We are all very busy people, and not all of us have a lot of money, but I wanted to share a few ways that you can help Japan and send your encouragement. A well known Japanese cosplayer created the website Prayers from Cosplayers. It serves as a means to uplift the cosplayers in the Japanese community and let them know that cosplayers around the world are thinking of them, and sending words of encouragement and support. If you are a cosplayer, and you have the time and ability to spend pulling your costume out of storage, putting on your makeup, setting up a place to photograph yourself, and submitting a photo, please participate! The beautiful thing about the human spirit is that we rally together behind one another when there is a disaster and others are suffering. Not all of us may be able to provide fiscal support, but for those of you who can offer support in strength and spirit and camaraderie, please take the time to take a photo of yourself with a sign expressing your best wishes for Japan.
For those of you who are able to donate, please donate to the Japanese RedCross! The American Redcross has only donated 10million of the 47million they have collected since the disaster. Japanese RedCross.
However, if you can only text a donation to American RedCross you can text 90999 with the word “REDCROSS” to donate $10 to the Japanese relief fund of the American RedCross. You will receive confirmation from American Redcross for your donation, and they will explain that you will receive the charge for the donation on your next phone bill.
Lastly, Doctors without Borders provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters. Doctors Without Borders provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. Doctors Without Borders reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system, and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols.
In the wake of recent disasters and catastrophe such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Haiti’s Earthquake, Chile, and now Japan, we must do our part as we always have in order to help our fellow man. If each person does even a little, we can all do a lot!