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March 14, 2011 9:33 PM Subscribe
How can I help Japan when I am broke :(
posted by joyeuxamelie to Human Relations (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm really upset over the disaster in Japan and want to help out, but I'm a college student and *just* paid the last of my tuition last week, which means I'm incredibly broke right now. I literally have less than $100 in my bank account.
I've donated $10 to the Red Cross, but I don't feel like it's enough. I really want to make a difference. !@#$%^&$#!! If only I was a millionaire! I'd give bunches of money!!
Is there anything I can do that doesn't involve money? I'm on spring break, so I've got time. And willingness! But that's all I've got. :(
Basically, for the past two days or so, I've been blogging about the disaster and compiling info on ways people can help (mostly donation options and campaigns). I've also been pretty active on twitter and helping share info between people. I have a contact in Japan who's given me info that I've passed along. But tbh, it's really been minimal, and I want to do something more.
I'm hoping that once I get back on campus, I can start organizing some kind of fundraiser or food drive. However, I've never done such a thing before. (I could get advice from one of my teachers, perhaps, who has run fundraisers every year for 3 years.) Second Harvest Japan needs food and supplies for instance, which I'd love to try to collect. But they also require to ship the supplies at your own expense, which will probably be ridiculously expensive.
I even thought about folding 1000 paper cranes and selling them for $1 to people around campus and donating the $1000 to Second Harvest or the Red Cross. But folding 1000 paper cranes will take FOREVER. Some people have said it's taken them 2 months! That's too long D:<
SO: 1. What are some ways that I can help, despite being broke and 2. What are some good fundraising ideas, that actually work?