All of us associated with MomsGetReal™ believe in making a difference in the world. This can be in small ways, like picking up trash when you’re out for a walk, but it can also be in big ways, by choosing to treat others well, being an actively involved parent, and helping others.

Right now, we can think of no better way to make a difference than to help those in Japan who are still reeling from the catastrophic events of the last few days. We urge you to help, in any way you can, but we beg you to be wise about how you help.

Unfortunately, whenever catastrophes happen, the scammers are never far behind in taking advantage of people’s sympathies. We want you to donate, because the money you share WILL make a difference, but please choose a well-established, reputable place to donate. We recommend, and thank Yahoo!7 News for compiling this list:

Save The Children: Mobilising to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Call 1800 76 00 11 or visit

Red Cross: Donors can contribute to the relief efforts by calling 800-733-27677 or visiting Each text message is a $10 donation to the Red Cross, which will be added to the donors’ next cellphone bill.

Mercy Corps: Mercy Corp has not sent its own team to Japan but it set up a donation fund for its partner, Peace Winds Japan, and its emergency assistance on the ground. To make a donation, call 888-747-7440 or visit

Medical Teams International: Medical Teams International is also on alert and staying closely in touch with its nine partners along the coast and in Japan. To donate to Medical Teams International, visit

World Vision Canada: World Vision is among the first organisations to begin relief work by distributing emergency supplies and sending highly-trained staff to assess and respond to the most urgent needs. To donate, visit

Médecins Sans Frontières: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 60 countries. MSF workers are already on ground in Japan, assessing the situation. For more visit