dealsdisaster relief: japan earthquake and pacific…

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thanks. just did it. thanks for the reminder.

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@buyselltrademe: many people would tell you that there is hardly anything more important than the celebration of the gift of eternal life/salvation.

I'm not one of them, of course, I'm just here to break things.

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Obligatory, "This is not a deal!"

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@mlucechi: I disagree. Something that makes your life easier can be a deal, and it couldn't get much easier than this.

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I'm a broke college kid but I did what I could.

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@meyerk0: How exactly does this make your life easier? Do you work for Red Cross?

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@benyust2: I do not work for the Red Cross, but if I want to donate money to them for the disaster relief effort this makes it easier to do. For the record, I prefer to donate to other organizations, but this is a very easy way to donate.

My employer does business in Japan, and will most likely match donations to the Red Cross. If I wanted to donate to the Red Cross, I would take that route.

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Good to note that Red Cross donates 91 cents of every dollar received to their current target.

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@maurakid: Where did you get that info? I just checked ARC on Charity Navigator and found out that .17 of every dollar goes to fundraising. Here is the link http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3277

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@ryanpl: Uh..read it again Ryan. It's 91.8% that goes directly to the affected. :]

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I wonder how many of these funds will "disappear" like during Katrina.

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OR you could donate to Doctors without Borders via a secular group of skeptics like I did: http://www.centerforinquiry.net/share/

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You know, it's really sick how Red Cross is just EVERYWHERE. They learned after the Haiti quake that they can really profit on disasters and now they're pushing hardcore on Japan. These guys keep the vast majority of the money they earn for themselves. They are not a charity. They're a for-profit company. None of the people working there are volunteers. It's a total scam and everyone just gives gives gives to them without even thinking because they've become the big name. If you want to actually help Japan, donate to something like Doctors without Borders.

See more on this issue here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NUDCtin6sU

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@svengoolie: Doctors without Borders donates even less according to CharityNavigator. Their program expense is only 86.8% while the Red Cross is 91.8%.

Both are legitimate charities by the way, there is no problem with donating to either.

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People, this was simply an easy way to donate whatever you want to the red cross. If you are skeptical of them, then don't donate or pollute this page with your comments on them. Like blackwater85 said, "A Good Deal for the Soul!" Go wherever you want for relief aid, I believe in the red cross and am happy to see the money I donated go to a better cause than buying a Christmas Story bunny outfit ; ).

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According to Japan society of Boston,The Japanese Government requests that donations be made through the Red Cross.
http://www.japansocietyboston.org/Earthquake

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Thank you for the reminder. I think it was a great thing to post, and am surprised that there are any negative comments.

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@svengoolie: either a moron or a troll, not sure which one it is yet.

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@meyerk0: Giving up money and getting nothing in return makes my life easier how exactly?

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@stryker4526: OP was complaining about the prevalence of Easter related "deals" when compared to the horrors going on in Japan. I was pointing out that to over 1 billion humans, easter and it's implications are the single most important event in history.

@deggdegg: easier because unlike other deals, you do not have to sit around for days/weeks waiting for what you paid for to arrive in the mail.

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@deggdegg: You can always play in traffic instead of making a stupid, and rude comment....just sayin.

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@deggdegg: well, at the crudest level, how many japanese cars/electronics do you own?

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This thread (not its intent) is a sad commentary on those who visit Woot. You think you are funny, you are not. You think you are cute or witty - no go. Is there anything to be funny/cute/witty about here? No.

You don't like the Japanese government/business/etc, fine, but we are talking about the people here - like YOUR family and loved ones. You have to wake up to yourself daily - I don't know how you can. I'm so thankful I know none of you in real life - I wouldn't surround myself with such soulless people.

And if you don't trust anyone enough to donate, donate cans to your local food bank. Then again, I suppose that is against your sense of "I give something but get nothing in return - no way!" Geez. How very pathetic. It's no damn wonder this country is going to sh*t....

I'm not picking on any one of you, not that my words would touch your soulless selves. You know who you are, and are NOT. And don't bother refuting my words, I'm deaf to you.

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@svengoolie: Dude, did you decorate your house like a 12 year old girl would?

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@codeman9090: How is it stupid and rude? Please, explain how this makes my life any easier? It may make someone else's life easier, but certainly not mine. The only personal benefit to donating money is a good feeling, I suppose. I'm happy enough without it though that a "good feeling" would have no bearing on the ease of my life.

Now, say I took that money and got some take out tonight instead and avoided a half hour of cooking. That would make my life easier for sure.

I'm not really knocking donating; I just don't feel that it belongs on a deal site, and citing "making your life easier" as a reason makes no sense to me.

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@deggdegg: I believe they cited "making your life easier" not because donating will make your life easier - but that Amazon makes it easier to donate if that's what you choose to do. I found this link as a very easy way to donate. I didn't have to drive somewhere or give it to some shady people...

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It took 1 minute to give money. They won't say it because they don't want to loose face but the are f worded. I live in the Bay Area some day we will be all shook up as well.

Come on Woot's pony up!

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Hummm... do i give my money to an organization that will prob spend it on gas to get to that part of the world or do i spend it on goods made in japan? hummm helping the economy will prob do more good than a "fist full of dollars"

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ok ok i see that there's lot of confusion here with peeps saying that:
1) it dosent make their life easier
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B) its not a deal

OK it dosent make your immediate life easier. Maybe 'easier' isn't the correct adjective. What i know is that theres a lot of problems in the world. lots of disasters lately. new orleans, haiti, charlie sheen, new zealand, and now japan. I suppose 'helpful and appreciative donations can be made via this easy access link' would've been more accurate. If you're able to help out, awesome. It seems that currently the Red Cross is the best outlet for getting your donated money to where it needs to go. In addition, you get a million rhetorical high-fives from me. (i hope i didn't use rhetorical incorrectly or i'll never hear the end of it!)

Enough rant. onto B. you want a deal, there's a match at living social 5 for 10 dollar donation.

http://livingsocial.com/redcross

not too shabby if you want to donate but only got a couple bills in your pocket.

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@svengoolie:
if you really want to find someone who gives 100% of the incoming donations to the people in need. Check out Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. They do not spend a single penny of donations on administrative costs or put anything towards profit, because they are externally supported administrative costs.
World Vision is second place among charities for aid in other countries.

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UFO Interactive Games is also helping out with donations.

"Starting 3/18/11 through 4/28/11, UFO Interactive will donate all of its sales to the Red Cross/IWA International Inc. for disaster relief to those caught in the tragic 'Tohoku Region Earthquake' in Japan."

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/aeb190f0-3055-4070-8a4e-be454a8c2570/ufo-interactive-games-will-donate-sales-for-all-iphone-ipod-ipad-games-for-ja

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Check out whatsgoingoninjapan.com and you will see what a difference your contributions have made, thank you all!