It is so sad to have to read about the horrible situation that Japan is going through at this time. First of all count your blessing at this time and be thankful for all that you have in life. Secondly, there are many ways that you can help out (without getting scammed). You don't have to donate a large amount of money and remember that every bit counts! Here are a few non-profit organizations that are providing relief to those victims.
For decades, Japan has supported UNICEF's lifesaving work by assisting children in their time of need. UNICEF is now there for Japan's children.
The American Red Cross is also sending relief over to the victims of the earthquake and Tsunami. Not only can you make an on-line donation, but you can also text "REDCROSS" to 90999 where a $10 donation will be made and will be billed to your next cell phone bill.
The Salvation Army has joined the texting trend as well! Text "quake" or "japan" to 80888 and $10 will be automatically donated.
These are just a few of the many wonderful organizations that are out there helping support this catastrophic disaster. I understand that times are tough, but truly every penny counts. Perhaps, you can give up your morning coffee or bring lunch instead of buying it and with that money you would have spent donate it. Just a thought!