I've been following the mind-boggling tragic string of events unfolding in Japan with great sadness, and yet have been very impressed by the people of Japan and how well they are handling these various challenges.
I posted a link to the Google page that has a lot of humanitarian helpful links and information resources a few days ago. I've been amazed by the people wanting to help, and disappointed by the seemingly equal number of people wanting to capitalize on the suffering in Japan.
One thing I keep seeing is a lot of people who WANT to help, but are (rightfully) very afraid that their money isn't going to a good cause. There are PLENTY of scams out there, so DO be very careful. One of the best things I have seen is through iTunes. If you are an iTunes user, you can donate through their web site using your iTunes account. 100% of the funds go to the Red Cross to help out in Japan, and you are anonymous through iTunes while donating through an account you already have set up most likely. It doesn't get much easier!
I gave this way, and I recommend it for any iTunes user. You can give as little as $5, and every bit helps!
Here's the link if you would like to check it out.
A Lotus for Japan,