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kuGcJzhEEZJqLsN-111x83-cropped.jpgYesterday, I posted information about the delay of donate-to-text gifts reaching those impacted in Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. I featured a petition from my friends at to encourage mobile phone providers to speed up gifts to Japan.

At the time of the post, about 2,500 people had signed the petition.

As of this morning, over 40,000 of you have responded!

Thank you!

I’ll keep you posted as new information on this issue arises.

In the meantime, if you haven’t signed the petition, here’s the link. The same letter from the petition is below.

In addition, below are a list of organizations receiving donations via text messaging. This is not a recommendation for any particular place, but is shared here for your convenience. Go change the world!

  • ADRA Relief: text SUPPORT to 85944
  • American Red Cross Relief: text REDCROSS to 90999
  • Convoy of Hope: text TSUNAMI or SUNAMI to 50555
  • GlobalGiving: text JAPAN to 50555
  • International Medical Corps: text MED to 80888
  • Mercy Corps: text MERCY to 25383
  • Salvation Army: text JAPAN to 80888
  • Save the Children Federation Inc.: text JAPAN or TSUNAMI to 20222
  • World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals: text WAVE to 50555
  • World Vision Inc.: text 4JAPAN or 4TSUNAMI to 20222

Text messages are free for customers donating to any of these organizations. (Note: May not work with some mobile providers. List courtesy of BizJournals.)

Letter text from

Remove the wait time on donations to Japan


The twin disasters of the earthquake and tsunami that
pummeled the eastern coast of Japan have been incomprehensible in their
scale, and deserve our best efforts to help the millions of people
affected recover.

The scale of this tragedy will stretch international recovery
efforts to their limits, and any additional resources that are
contributed should be put to use as soon as possible.

Currently, there is a wait time of up to 90 days for mobile
donations to reach those in need in Japan. This is unacceptable. Tens
of thousands of people still need to be rescued and even more require
aid and support. By signing on to this petition, you will be helping to
have money remitted to those in need as soon as possible.

Thank you,

[your name]


BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith.
Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has
investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books
include Undefending Christianity, Not in My Town (with Charles J.
Powell), and Thirst No More (October). Discover more at

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