Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan Earthquake Reaction. We can HELP!

Devastating.

But you don't need me to tell you. The news has shown us all. Massive waves, bus-sized cracks in city streets, homes burning, nuclear plants exploding, overturned ships, people sagging against crumbling walls with shaky hands pressed to their mouths in awe of the horror that the 8.9 quake brought on their country. Then the tsunami warnings sounded for countries in and around the Pacific.

When disasters like this happen, I believe they bring the very, very best out in us all. So, I'm asking you to donate to the Red Cross or other relief organization. Give if you can, even if it's a couple dollars. It'll help.

Margot at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist did (is still doing) an incentive for the Christchurch, New Zealand disaster, and it's inspired me. So, here's the deal. I'll do 5 prize packs to motivate you. Not sure what they'll be (definitely a book and something else...yeah, not sure yet).

1. Comment to this post that you're doing something to help. I don't care what it is, and you don't have to tell me. Just post.

2. Spread the word like wildfire. On your blog, your Facebook, your Twitter, wherever. Just tell people. 

I'll pick five random posts next Saturday, 3/19/11, for my mystery (even to me) prize packs.

UPDATE! I perused B&N yesterday and came up with the following INCENTIVE PRIZES. Yay! I've either recently read (and loved) these books or come across great reviews for them.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beadoin
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Plus, a decadent Endangered Species chocolate bar! UPDATE!

Please, please help if you're able!

Be safe.

-Marie



7 comments:

Zan Marie said...
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Zan Marie said...

Thanks, Marie, for stepping up in a time of great need. I'm praying for all the people affected and will do more as options become available. Off to add it to my blog. Take care.

AllMyPosts said...

Well,

first things first, I am praying for them all.

and of course, I decided to donate all the earnings I get on my blog "http://becomingprince.blogspot.com" to the relief operations and re-rehabilitation program.

By the way, what are you doing??

with warm regards

Marie Rearden said...

AllMyPosts, great idea about the blog earnings! I don't specifically know anyone in Japan or the other affected areas, so I'm doing a Red Cross donation. That organization has already started to help in Japan, as well as along the West Coast of the U.S.

http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.1a019a978f421296e81ec89e43181aa0/?vgnextoid=f9efd2a1ac6ae210VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD

I'm confident my money will go where it's needed the most!

Aleeza said...

wow, marie, your efforts are really, really great! just some months ago, my own country pakistan was hit with TERRIBLE floods and it broke my heart, and i did everything i could in my power to spread word about it. japan might not be MY country, but it IS a place where humans just like me live and im definitely going to ask my dad tomorrow to give a portion of my allowance to a charity. which might sound measly and all, but like i said, i'm going to do whatever i possibly can.
and i'll have a post up about it in this week, hopefully.
once again, im really inspired by this post <3

Angelica R. Jackson said...

We're taking advantage of matching funds through my husband's work--Red Cross is one of the organizations that they'll match donations. Lots of places have programs like that in place, but the employees may not even know, so ask!

Marie Rearden said...

Aleeza, every bit helps! You're awesome.

And Angelica, my employer doesn't match (small, privately held), but that's an awesome idea for those that do!

I just read that a third explosion happened today from one of the affected nuclear plants in Japan. It may get worse before it gets better.

Thanks to everyone willing to help!

Marie